Hiroshima Day 2011


Hiroshima Day, Parishioners (教区民),

comes ’round again

burned man


once more,

we commemorate

the first use of nuclear power

in the destruction

of Hiroshima

and Nagasaki

and the Parishioners therein.

the tera still stands

The radius of total destruction was about one mile (1.6 km), with resulting fires across 4.4 square miles (11 km2). Americans estimated that 4.7 square miles (12 km2) of the city were destroyed. Japanese officials determined that 69% of Hiroshima’s buildings were destroyed and another 6–7% damaged. 70,000 – 80,000 people, or some 30% of the population of Hiroshima were killed immediately, and another 70,000 injured.

Hiroshima Nagasaki victim organs

Organs of Hiroshima & Nagasaki atomic bomb victims removed by the US atomic bomb casualty commission

The Great Hiroshima Cover-up

A *lengthy* and revealing article and some video (c/Boing Boing)

the church still stands

THIS site has some *beautiful* photos!

When the first atomic bomb was dropped over Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, the city became known worldwide for this unenviable distinction. The destructive power of the bomb was tremendous and obliterated nearly everything within a 2 km radius. One of the few buildings that remained standing afterwards has been preserved; known today as the A-Bomb Dome, it is a monument to the bomb’s dreadful power.

After the war, great efforts were taken to rebuild the city. Predictions that the city would be uninhabitable proved false. Destroyed monuments of Hiroshima’s historical heritage, like Hiroshima Castle and Shukkeien Garden, were reconstructed. In the center of the city a large park was built and given a name that would reflect the aspirations of the re-born city: Peace Memorial Park.

some of the seven rivers of Hiroshima

These days, Parishioners,

Hiroshima is famous for,

among hoka no mono (他のもの, that’s Japanese, ‘Tish!),

its oysters

(ironically, infamous bioaccumulators…)

Pb, Cd, Hg, etc.

‘Special Blessings

to Nagasaki

and all my Japanese Parishioners.

A-bomb Dome in Spring