16 days ago
A nephew of my friend was learning about Hiroshima and Nagasaki in school and he wanted me to talk to him about my grandfather’s experience as a serviceman on both planes. After a while explaining how he got in the Manhattan project I asked the boy and his father who accompanied him if they’d like to hear about the survivors. “People survived it?!” He asked in astonishment. “Oh yes, and a lot of them were your age,” I said to the boy. While I took the first photo in 2015, and the woman in it passed away from leukemia, no doubt from the radiation she was exposed to as a teenager, I knew I had to go back and do more. These photos are the first of what i hope will be many more to come. (1) Yoshie Oka, and the air raid alert shelter on the imperial army headquarters where she worked at 13. She was to issue the air raid warning that came in suddenly but it was too late. She did however release the initial report to the outside (2) Keiko Ogura, her father made her stay home that day. He had a strange foreboding something might happen he said and keiko you will stay home. She was upset and playing in the street when the bomb went off. “I heard later from my classmates who survived that the difference between being on the top of the slide and waiting your turn at the bottom meant the difference between life and incineration. (3) Jong Kuen Lee. A rail worker he was on his way to Hiroshima station when the bomb dropped. (4) Sakue Shimohira’s brother had heard what happened in Hiroshima. He told his sister that if an air raid warning is released stay in the shelter even after it is lifted. She did and survived 800 meters from the blast over Urakami, about a mile away from Nagasaki. (5) Miyako Jodai, hates coming back here. The area was hardly burned due to hill shadow, so it still retains all of the old names on the shops and buildings. She hasn’t come back in 20 years.
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