Remember Hiroshima.

~ Please note that I am aware that this topic is controversial, however, I am writing this down hoping that more and more people will learn something from my blog. Thank you. ~

Hiroshima is a place where my dad used to live and spent a bit of his childhood. I have visited my uncle in Hiroshima when he was living there. Not far from where I live. Somewhere I feel connect with.

Every time I visit Hiroshima, I feel something unique. Something that our ancestors are trying to tell us. Some voices that need to be heard. Millions of people who left their shadows on the city hall, a bento box that got burnt up, tons of dead bodies that had never be identified… You start to feel something weighs heavy on your mind. You try to express what it feels like, but any words you use sound just so superficial.

 

On May 27th, American President Barack Obama visited Hiroshima, which was something big and a historical moment for us. He is the first American president that visited Hiroshima, after over 71 years. I, of course paid attention to his speech, wondering what he is going to say yet, I still couldn’t help believing that this day has come while I was alive. And that an American president meets the victims who actually has suffered from nuclear weapons. I wasn’t sure if it’d ever come true. I have felt that time has stopped, while the victims held their hands, talked with Obama, and hugged him with the silence. That moment was just enough. We have no idea how much they had waited for this time to come. Whether Obama truly meant everything he said on his speech or not, I appreciate him visiting there and having a look at what really happened in Hiroshima 71 years ago exactly where he was standing. We take this as a huge step for nuclear disarmament. Our Prime Minister Abe strongly emphasized that our generation must take the responsibility for world peace, and expect this our relationship with The US to bring peace to the world.

I came across the criticism going on in the US, which is :”Obama apologized Japanese people about nuclear bombs.That was wrong.” It makes me so sad when people are arguing if that was an apology or not, because to me that is a selfish idea where they are worried if the US surrender to us or not. Really, does it matter that much when we are now working on world peace together? So I see the different points that they made on this from us, Japanese people. Firstly, Obama made it clear about that he was not going to apologize on his speech beforehand. So officially he didn’t apologize. For some american people it seemed it was an apology. However, here in Japan, I don’t see anyone talking about if that was an apology or not.— because we don’t ask for an apology in the first place. Doesn’t matter to us if it was, or not. I have to emphasize this. Keiko Sasamori, who is also one of the victims said something so remarkable on this regard. ” there is something more important than asking for an apology after 70 years. I hope that President Obama would share his feelings with American citizens, about what he felt, what he thought when praying for the Monuments, and taking a look at the Atomic Bomb museum when he is back in the US. His one voice could be a bigger influence than mine.” She reflects Japanese people’s thoughts on this. What means more to us, and what we wish more is that we must not repeat this tragedy again. I am sure that is what our ancestors were hoping for. I would lie if I said the past that the US did to Japan doesn’t bother us anymore, but hey, we would rather see the future than looking for something to blame in the past, which is one of the reasons why you don’t see Japanese people angry much. Well, this has also a lot to do with Japanese education that GHQ forced us to though, but I am not going to get into this now. I have made a post regarding GHQ. The relevant post is this and about the thoughts on World War 2 is here so check it out if you’re interested.

I encourage you to visit Hiroshima and see what happened through your eyes. Also I don’t forget about Nagasaki. Victims in Nagasaki wished he would have come there as well.

Today under the blue clear sky, I see people having a everyday life in peace… which we never should stop feeling grateful for. Remembering that there used to be people who really wanted that life but couldn’t have it…. Whispering ありがとう arigatou,  meaning thank you in Japanese, this is a word that I love. In kanji you can write 有難う. 有 is to exist, and 難う is ‘difficult, hard’. So literally in Kanji, arigatou means it is difficult to find its existence. It is so precious to find people or things that we are feeling grateful, that is why we say “Arigatou” to them.

PS. I will be talking about this on my friend’s podcast. I will post the link whenever it is out. I will keep you updated. 🙂 Arigatou for reading!

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8 thoughts on “Remember Hiroshima.

  1. Hello Sweet Girl,

    It is most important to me…an American lady, to tell you…a Japanese girl, on Memorial Day…our holiday, to tell you…THANK YOU for your words in English. Thank you for being my friend. Thank you for listening to my president’s speech. Thank you for everything!

    Take Care…Sherry xoxo

    Sent from my iPhone

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    1. Hi there beautiful Sherry! I would love to say thank you, to as well reading your comment just kind of makes me emotional. I am grateful for you too, my friend, thank you for caring about Japan 🙂 Much love, Saki

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  2. Having read your WWII article also, once again, your educational system has failed you— the Japanese government has *never* officially apologized for *any* of what they did in World War II– not for the sneak-attack-murder in Pearl Harbor, not for the Bataan Death March, not for the gruesome-murderous live-human experiments without anesthesia at Unit 731, and not the least of which murdering my great-uncle, an unarmed US Army medical corpsman, on Okinawa….No apologies at all. I welcome you to try to find them, because they do not exist. You should read about what your people did in those horrific war crimes, but I know you won’t, because you will say that the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings more than paid those debts. In actuality, we preserved the Japanese people, because with the X-Day Invasion, The USA could have chosen to wipe out the Japanese people completely…….as shoguns of times past did of their enemies in Japan, but we didn’t because we are NOT the Nazi genocidal-murderers that you Japanese teamed up with as allies as Axis Powers. You still fail to grasp the logic of that.

    You feeling intensely for your war dead does not invalidate nor negate my intense and probably more intense feelings for my country’s war dead that cry out to *me*. I heard them crying out to me as I visited Hiroshima in April— my great-uncle surely felt pride in me for standing over the ruins of the foundation of the Japanese Military HQ next to the rebuilt Hiroshima Castle, and thinking of him— of standing at the Hiroshima bridge aiming point, cenotaph, and hypocenter and thinking of him and all the other American souls taken away from this world by Japan’s involvement in World War II. I felt a sense of pride that we conquered a nation, and brought it back with billions of dollars overseen by General Douglas MacArthur, to be one of the most prosperous nations on the planet—despite your hatred of his methods of how he accomplished that. Did you ever stop to think he could have decided to make Japan a banana republic? Once again, you fail to appreciate what you have been given— and you couldn’t find a Japanese apology to The USA, could you?

    Why will Abe not go to Pearl Harbor and apologize for the sneak-attack bombing?
    Why will Abe not go to Bataan and apologize to the children of the survivors of the Bataan Death March?
    Why will Abe not go to Nanking and apologize for the rapes to the survivors and progeny?
    Why will Abe not go to Pingfang and apologize for Unit 731’s live American-POWs experiments to the surviving families of those POWs who were there and were tortured and butchered in cold blood?

    The answer is simple, and if you want to talk about feelings, I feel even more intensely than you do about it.

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  3. Hello,
    I have just read your post on Hiroshima and want to say thank you for writing it. I agree that we should remember and learn from what happened and I have made several posts on Hiroshima on my blog after twice visiting the city. I found it impossible not be moved simply by being there and I sensed a spirit in Hiroshima quite different to that from elsewhere in Japan. My congratulations on your wise and important thoughts and observations.
    Best wishes,
    John

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