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I know that we need to have more awareness for the bombing.....here they keep on and on about Dec 7 and it upsets me because they also ought to show the afteraffects of that "day of infamy".
Anyway, I'm glad that the page is up in English, it will bring more awareness to people. Thank you.
Kathy Hawkes U.S.A.
On the eve of the Second Millenium, my generation lives with the fear that the experience of Mr. Terao might be repeated and that the consequences might be just as disastrous, if not worse.
I respect Mr. Terao for having donated his experience to people like me through the Web and hope that many more might access it and understand the irreparable pain and loss that he suffered that day...
My humble resepcts
I am very sorry for Mr. Terao, a survival of the bomb. I can only say so for him who was then just an ordinary citizen.
I sometimes hear that the bomb brought a quick end to the war. It may sound an irony, but I also support this opinion.
This is because I think if the war was ended by another way, rather than A-bomb, Japanese people wouldn't have hated America.
But we should remember the fact that all eastern Asian people such as Chinese, Korean, and Filipino, have also survived the hard times after the war with agony.
Japanese people keep remember the world the absurdness of war through the A-bomb, just as American do so about Pearl Harbor.
War is an act of foolishness anyway. People can't by any means kill others if they are in normal sense, people can do it only when they are put under a special condition like battle fields. A-bomb attack was carried out by the order of the people in power. Such people who actually pushed the button are not guilty at all.
In this meaning, I feel wrath against the people in power in those days. Innocent citizens, like Mr. Terao, have been always the victims of the foolish deed of the powerful people.
People in power are shamelessly planning another war.
I am an 18 year old student living in Canada. I am doing a project on the
After reading your article I have realized how ignorant I was as to what went on in the world many years ago. Your words have touched me beyond belief. I can not express what I am feeling at this moment. I wanted to thank you for sharing your personal memories.
They have helped me to appreciate my life even more.
It is people like you who are the real heros.
A Touched Student
We never forget what Mr.Terao appealed us through his hard memory and those who lost their lives under the A-bombing. I will surely tell my son when he will be grown up enough to hear the Terao Memoir. We must hand down important things without fail.
I am one of those who think seriously about war and A-bomb. It was in a summer several years ago that I first think of them. I was at a loss what I should draw next in my comic(my hobby.) It was just about August 6th, 9th, or 15th. When I was watching a TV without my will, I suddenly become aware of the fact that the TV program easy-to- understand for children on war or A-bomb is decreasing in number year by year.
"Is this normal status?",
I asked myself and started to write comics on A-bomb under the title of "A memory of my grandfather."
After I published the comic, I couldn't be still free from thinking about A-bomb. I made a trip to Hiroshima last summer and met survivals of the A-bomb to hear their irreplaceable experiences. Suddenly one of them bursts into tears on his way of telling. It makes me understand clearly how war or A-bomb hurt people's heart so deeply.
I will think more about war and A-bomb together with you from now on.
It is a fact that an A-bomb was dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki respectively. It seems to me that the number of people, who live their lives without knowing the meaning of the fact, is increasing from year to year. I hope this web site and A-bomb Museums will give chances to those people to think about the fact.
I will surely tell about the fact to my children when I have them. I hope new generations will respond seriously to the fact when they hear my story in the future.
Mayumi Tsunemitsu, Sagamihara city, Japan
When I was watching some coverage, I found there were some different aspects of the coverage, one reported what happened in Hiroshima, while the other went more referring to the recent nuclear tests by India and Pakistan. The TV program made me ponder what I could do for the abolition of nuclear weapons. On a TV program, a lady who went ahead with an anti A-bomb exhibition in India discussed with Indian people about the need of nuclear weapons. Unfortunately, Indian people have not any bit of sense to abolish nuclear weapons. This may comes from the difference of history they have lived or from nationality. It was very sad, pity, and I felt bitter resentment against them.
However, I myself wonder, when asked, how deep I comprehend about A-bomb. I have to confess that I know only a little about A-bomb just by reading a comic "Bare footed Gen" in my childhood. I have once visited Nagasaki A-bomb Museum on our way of high school excursion, but as it was so busy and restless trip, I was, in my regret, not serious at that time. I feel very pity how I had wasted precious time indeed.
In this meaning, Mr.Terao's hard experience beyond description suddenly awakened my eyes to see the truth beyond any question. It could be called a quirk of fate, just to be there on that very moment in that place changed his life: direct exposure to the bomb and resulting hard times of survival. I could learn the important fact that can't be taught in any school around the world. Once I have learned the fact,I made up my mind to join an antinuclear movement. This is not just an affair of other people anymore. I must stand up today to do something against the problem that human being is facing right now.
Fortunately, I have many overseas friends. I think some of them may know what happened in Hiroshima and Nagasaki more than a half century ago. Although it can be not easy to let them know the fact through my tongue, I will not only tell the fact as it is but also talk about the mental side of the survivors. I feel keenly that it is my work to hand down, in my own voice, to the people outside of Japan about the terror and mentality of the survivors who were forced to be reluctant to speak out the fact.
I firmly decided to engrave the name of Mr.Terao and those words like "Hiroshima, Nagasaki, no more nuclear weapons" to the deep part of the heart of my overseas friends.
I am sorry to say so many things by reading Mr.Terao's Memoir that moved me so much. Thank you again.
August 7th, 1998
Tanabe city, Wakayama prefecture, Japan
I had the pleasure of reading Mr. Terao's page. It gives me plesure to read and understand what the people in Hiroshima went through to survive this bomb. I am writing from Hawaii, as we know Hawaii has a lot of people from Hiroshima, Yamaguchi and all over Japan. We have a special memorial here on August 6 at the time of the bombing. On December 7 Pearl Harbor has a special memorial when the Japanese attacked. Today, was a special day for the remaining survivors. My mother remembers the day the sky was blue and the sunny to pitch black and lots of smoke.
I also visited the Peace Memorial and was told by my uncle who once lived in Hiroshima before returning to Hawaii, he said it was devestating and frighning to see his fellow Hiroshima residents fear for their lives. I took a lot of pictures when I visited the Memorial, I have a better knowledge and understanding of how the people brought back the city. I also was amazed by little girl who contacted Lukemia and came close to making the 1001 tsuru's before her death.
I was speechless when I was there, it gave me an eerie feeling that I will never forget. Hopefully I will plan a return trip to Japan and hopefully make a special trip to Hiroshima. After all I have an auntie who is a survivor and is still living today.
aloha, from Hawaii
Norine Kikue Ishii