I was inspired by a photograph titled “Birds fly over the Atomic Bomb Dome in Hiroshima” by Issei Kato; I created these images at the top and bottom of this post, using a free download photo of Hiroshima Dome and my photos.
Seventy years ago today (in Japan) at 8:15 A.M. on August 6, 1945, an atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima.
Yoshito Matsushige took the only ground photos of Hiroshima on the day of the bombing — but he could only take five. pic.twitter.com/aAtAZUx4la
— Alex Wellerstein (@wellerstein) August 6, 2015
It was like something out of hell, and I didn’t feel like taking many pictures.
A month later, an Australian independent journalist, Wilfred Burchett (1911-83), took a train to Hiroshima from Tokyo.
In Hiroshima, 30 days after the first atomic bomb destroyed the city and shook the world, people are still dying, mysteriously and horribly — people who were uninjured by the cataclysm — from an unknown something which I can only describe as atomic plague.
Almost every Japanese scientist has visited Hiroshima in the past three weeks to try to find a way of relieving the people’s suffering. Now they themselves have become sufferers.
Forty four years ago, Led Zeppelin visited Hiroshima. ( I just learned that they donated 7,000,000 yen to Hiroshima city. )
Here are some tweets about Jimmy Page, who visited Hiroshima last month.
— Ross Halfin (@RossHalfin) July 30, 2015
— mold (@lautrea) July 30, 2015
Last year I read a manga series called “Barefoot Gen”, which I borrowed from the Seattle library. “Barefoot Gen” is based on the author’s experiences in Hiroshima during and after World War II.
Keiji Nakazawa, the author, describes not only the tragedy of the atomic bomb, but also the ugliness of society and individual people in Japan during this time period. For example, Gen’s parents were liberal, and therefore unfairly considered unpatriotic, and so his family was subject to harassment and discrimination by the local authorities and their neighbors.