Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Part I


It was a dark, rather chilly night on May 10th when I boarded a 12 hour night bus in Shinjuku headed for Hiroshima. I had been invited by a friend of mine, Chelsea, as well as by several Hibakusha’s who I had met onboard the 75th voyage of Peace Boat. For those of you that don’t know, Hibakusha’s are people who survived the atomic bombing in Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945 and experienced heavy doses of radiation in the aftermath. Having studied much about the experience in both Hiroshima and Nagasaki, as well as the reasonings behind Americas use of the atomic bomb, I leaped at the chance to speak with survivors.

The 12 hour bus ride went by smoothly enough, and before I knew it I was in Hiroshima. I was taken back by how nice it was, rolling mountains everywhere, rivers and lakes, it was simply beautiful. I…

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