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.

quote_blueIt was like something out of hell, and I didn’t feel like taking many pictures.

_Yoshito Matsushige

 

A month later, an Australian independent journalist, Wilfred Burchett (1911-83), took a train to Hiroshima from Tokyo.

quote_blueIn 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.
quote_blueAlmost 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.

_Wilfred Burchett

 

Burchett’s article, headlined THE ATOMIC PLAGUE, was published on September 5, 1945 in the London Daily Express. The story caused a worldwide sensation. (Read more: “The Hiroshima Cover-Up” )

The Atomic Plague ‘I Write This as a Warning to the World’ Doctors Fall as They Work Poison gas fear: All wear masks by Wilfred Burchett

The Atomic Plague ‘I Write This as a Warning to the World’ Doctors Fall as They Work Poison gas fear: All wear masks by Wilfred Burchett

 

 

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.

 

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.

 

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