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Hiroshima Peace Memorial

Hiroshima Peace Memorial

An atomic bomb was dropped in the middle of Hiroshima city exactly 63 years ago.  Every year on 6 August, there is Peace Memorial Ceremony in Hiroshima, and on 9 August, in Nagasaki.   

Approximately 140,000 of Hiroshima’s 350,000 population have died.  Many have also suffered long-term sickness and disability.  In Nagasaki, nearly 74,000 were killed and a similar number injured.


During the war, my grandmother was living in Osaka where massive attack by US bombers occurred.  Before the attack, my mother evacuated to the hometown of my grandmother (my great grandmother was living there).  My mother heard what had happened in Osaka and thought that her mother had died.  The place she evacuated happened to be Nagasaki.  My mother became one of atomic bomb victims.  She survived two kinds of cancer, but luckily now she is in good shape and teaching exercise three times a week.  My grandmother survived the attack, too, and lived until 92 years old.

What has done to Hiroshima and Nagasaki is a crime committed against innocent civilians like my family.  The consequence of this terror is threatening whole human-kind now.  The logic nowadays is that it is ok for certain early birds to have devices of mass destruction, and if certain late comers want to have the same, it is fine to kill and abuse such ‘terrorists’.  What is going on in the world shows that not everyone is against this horrible logic. 

If you have ever traveled the world and saw hundreds of people from various countries, you would notice that there is no distinctive border between races.  If you go to certain part of Eurasia, you will see people who look somewhere between Caucasian and Mongoloid.  In some part of Africa, people look like somewhere between Negroid and Caucasian.  People just adapt themselves to climate, environment, community and society around them.  Nothing is so different, even if race, religion or ideology is different.  Everyone is born in the same way and everyone goes back to the same source where we all are originally from. 

I think that it is important to be aware of foolishness to waste precious resource, fund and manpower to create and maintain armaments instead of spending them for true well-being of people.  Artists should not be ignorant about it, either.


The following pictures are painted by Iri and Toshi Maruki.  The hometown of Iri Maruki was Hiroshima and he heard about the atomic bomb in Tokyo.  The first picture shows that people with burned-out skin were just like a lot of ghosts.  The second picture shows that many bodies of mothers with surviving babys in their arms were found after the attack. 

Ghost - Hiroshima Panels, Iri and Toshi Maruki

Ghost - Hiroshima Panels, Iri and Toshi Maruki

Mother and Child - Hiroshima Panels, Iri and Toshi Maruki

Mother and Child - Hiroshima Panels, Iri and Toshi Maruki




Written by chiekot

August 6, 2008 at 2:22 pm

Posted in art, event, life, world

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  1. Chieko your families story touched me. Thanks for sharing.


    August 7, 2008 at 8:59 am

  2. Thanks for the comment, Sharon! Very limited number of people knew my family’s story so far. But as a second generation of the victim, I felt that it was my duty to tell it at some point to show that it is not just about the past, but about the present and future, too. The day “6 August” gave me such an opportunity.


    August 7, 2008 at 9:46 am

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