A declaration for peace

The atomic bombs detonated over Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6 and 9, 1945, were small and rudimentary nuclear weapons, only 10 and 12 kilotons respectively. Yet they reduced these once beautiful cities to complete ashes and caused unspeakable human suffering, killing nearly a quarter of a million people instantly and leaving those who survived […]

Virtual event to remember atomic bombing victims

Aug. 6 and 9 mark the 76th anniversary of the United States’ atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, respectively. The San Francisco Bay Area-based Friends of Hibakusha and the Nichi Bei Foundation will commemorate those dates with a virtual remembrance in collaboration with the Japanese American Religious Federation of San Francisco. The second annual online […]

THE HEART OF KANJI: Peace of the world

世 (Se) means “generations.” This character represents a trio of the character 十 or (10). ç•Œ (Kai) means “world.” The top lines represent a rice field. The symbol in the center is a person and the bottom lines are divider lines. å¹³ (Hei) means “flat, calm.” The top line represents the sky and the bottom […]

VOICES OF THE NIKKEI COMMUNITY: The aftermath of the Hiroshima atomic bomb

This first-person account of the aftermath of the Hiroshima bombing was written several years ago by Ame Kobayashi, as part of her family memoirs. Ame was born in Idaho and raised there on a farm by her parents Junji and Kuniko Hamada, one of six children. She was sent to Japan after high school to […]

Nagasaki A-bomb survivor determined to share memories in English

NAGASAKI, (Kyodo) — Michio Hakariya had been trying to share his experiences of the U.S. atomic bombing of Nagasaki with foreign audiences for some years when he began to feel that his inability to speak directly to them in their own language was blunting his message. Despite his advanced years, the response of the retired […]

Protest calls for end to nuclear weapons on 75th anniversary of Hiroshima bombing

Bay Area nuclear war protesters held their annual rally at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory virtually on Aug. 6, the 75th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima to call for an end to nuclear weapons. The rally started at 8 a.m. Pacific time at https://www.hiroshimanagasaki75.org/events and was part of a national event called “From Hiroshima to […]

LETTERS: Sobering Seventy-Five

Dear Editor, Can you hold your breath for one minute, 15 seconds?Seventy-five seconds. One second for every year since atomic bombs were detonated over Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Ask yourself: Are we (all of humanity) capable of living together with respect and humility for other countries and for one another? As the U.S. and Russia continue […]

Hibakusha haunted by survivor’s guilt 75 years after the atomic bombings

In the final days of World War II, the United States dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki on Aug. 6 and Aug. 9, 1945, respectively, which forever altered the course of history. While the bombs immediately incinerated the two cities and vast swaths of their populations — resulting in the deaths of an estimated […]

L.A. museum opens exhibition on Japanese American A-bomb victims

LOS ANGELES (Kyodo) — An exhibition featuring the U.S. atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki opened Nov. 9 in Los Angeles, telling the stories of Japanese Americans who were in those cities when the bombs dropped in August 1945. Marking the 75th anniversary of the tragedies, the Japanese American National Museum will run the event through […]

Hiroshima survivor trees planted at S.F.’s Japanese Tea Garden

Two saplings, descendants of ginkgo biloba trees that survived the 1945 nuclear blast over Hiroshima, were planted Sept. 20 at the Japanese Tea Garden in Golden Gate Park. The trees were planted during a ceremony that also honored former U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz and Dame Charlotte Malliard Shultz for their advocacy around nuclear […]

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