Tomoko celebrated her birthday at the ANT-Hiroshima office last Thursday. She was joined by Louise Marie from Rwanda, Nassrine Azimi and Masami Yamamoto. Tomoko also received a lot of messages by email and on Facebook from her friends and helpers around the world.
In response to the messages Tomoko said,
にうれしく感激いたしました。広島に生まれヒロシマに育てられて 、今日まで働いてきました。還暦を迎え、またANT-Hiros himaも25周年を迎えた今、また心新たに、にっこり元気よく もう25年働きたいと思います。皆様どうぞよろしく♪
I was very happy and moved to receive so many messages of congratulations from everyone on my birthday. I was born and raised in Hiroshima and have worked here all my life. As we mark both my 60th birthday and the 25th anniversary of ANT-Hiroshima, with renewed spirits and cheerful smiles, I think we can look forward to another 25 years of energetic activity! Your support is greatly appreciated.
Dr Nanao Kamada, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Survivors Relief Foundation, and professor emeritus of Hiroshima University wrote One Day in Hiroshima – An Oral History because although most people are aware there are lingering after-effects from radiation, few know that there are still survivors who continue to suffer from second or third cancers because of radiation damage. The book is divided into three parts: “Past,” “Present” and “Future,” and uses a lot of photos, charts and technical explanations to help convey its message.
The book is based on an interview that Dr Kamada conducted with an elderly woman who survived the bombing in Hiroshima. She describes her life after the attack. Her experiences were shared by many others and it is Dr Kamada’s hope that his book will help readers to understand the actual situation of the survivors.
One Day In Hiroshima is now available as a free-download on our resource page.
At the 76th UNITAR Hiroshima Public Session held in collaboration with ANT-Hiroshima on 23rd October 2013, it was revealed that most of the trees which survived the atomic bombing of 6th August 1945 lean towards the hypocenter.
The discovery was made by Masakazu Suzuki, professor of landscape architecture at the University of Tsukuba, Nagisa Owaki, a student at the University of Tsukuba’s Graduate School of Comprehensive Human Sciences, and Chikara Horiguchi, a tree surgeon who lives in Hiroshima.
The researchers believe that the trees lean towards the hypocenter because the cells on the side of the trunk facing the hypocenter were damaged by the heat and radiation of the bomb, causing that side grow more slowly than the other.
Fifty-six of a total of about 170 survivor trees with single trunks up to two kilometers from the hypocenter were selected for the study. Of these 56 trees, twenty-seven were excluded from the study as they had either been relocated or the trunk had been too severely burned. Of the remaining twenty-nine trees, twenty-three leaned to some degree towards the hypocenter.
The findings were covered in a report by Sakiko Masuda, Staff Writer of the Chugoku Shinbun.
Here is a video message to Green Legacy Hiroshima. It is compiled of two video reports, one from Irkutsk Botanical Garden, Russia, and the other from Nichia Gakuin, Buenos Aires, Argentina, where “peace seeds” from trees that survived the atomic bombing have been planted and are now flourishing saplings…
In his message, Dr. Victor Kuzevanov, Director of the Botanical Garden of Irkutsk State University, say,
“Irkutsk city is the first place where plants of Green Legacy Hiroshima were received. Plants we have here are tangible rexources and at the same time they are very good messages for Russians and for people of the world of the dangers of nuclear disaster. We hope that working together we can protect our very sensitive, very fragile world from nuclear disaster.”
Julio Bernal, Project Coordinator of the “Semillas de Paz” (Seeds of Peace) project at Nichia Gakuin reads a message in Japanese thanking the people of Hiroshima for the donation and for sending peace and love to far distant South America.
We have just added a new Resources page to this blog and have posted our first freely downloadable “resource” on the page.
The resource is an educational document titled “Spreading Hiroshima’s Spirit of Peace,” by Tomoko Watanabe.
In the report, Tomoko-san describes her experiences in the immediate post-war period as she grew up in a family of “A-Bomb Survivors”. At first, people did not talk so much about their experience of the A-bomb. When Tomoko’s grandfather died, she began to question her purpose in life and writes,
“It was the first time that I felt keenly aware of the fact that I was born in Hiroshima to parents who were survivors of the atomic bomb.”
Tomoko goes on to describe how she came to be active in peace education as a result of her early experiences. Other sections of the report deal with the “Destruction and Rebirth” of Hiroshima, Hiroshima as a “Fortress of Peace,” and the work of ANT-Hiroshima.
The resource is in PDF format for easy downloading. Please feel free to download the report and use it as an educational resource or for any kind of peace-related activity, or simply for personal purposes.
More reports will be added in due course.