|The remaining dome tower |
and river where victims soothed their burns.
|A child's picture from happier times.|
|Our small group with Yukoh Tamagawa and interpreter.|
|Yukoh shares his story|
“And then I lost consciousness. When I came to, it was pitch dark because of thick clouds of dust which had been raised from the destroyed buildings and which shut out the sunlight completely.”
He tells us, “I was blown 20 – 30 meters away from where I had been standing....I became aware that I was bumped on the back of my head. The right side of my face and the back of my hands had been burned and were blistering.”
|Diorama of the destruction|
from mountain ridge to mountain ridge rubble
|A shadow from an A-Bomb victim|
burnt into granite
“The sight of a soldier gave me the most intense shock,” he recounts. “He was badly burned all over with his skin in tatters... crying out groans of pain.”
Feeling responsible, the Americans wanted to evacuate him to Okinawa, an occupied territory at the time. But Japanese authorities objected vigorously because no one was allowed to go there without a passport.
|Inscription at the Korean Memorial|
A chill runs through me as I ponder them and another 70,000 victims who were dead before the end of the year.