Monday, October 04, 2004

Hiroshima:

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Our first trip in Japan was where the first atomic bomb was used in wartime. This was one of the most heart wrenching places I have ever visited.  It’s hard to understand how so many people died because of one man-made thing.

I began a conversation with an old man who told me “I was supposed to be in the city when the bomb was dropped.”  He continued by saying it was his class’s time to help make fire lanes in the city, but his teacher changed plans and had them pick potatoes for the harvest on the outskirt of Hiroshima.
He was still burned by the bomb, even though he was 2 miles from them hypocenter (ground zero). Talking to this man who was well in his 70’s made the experience even more real. To see what happened to the Japanese through their eyes and to walk where so many people died made history come alive for me.

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