Hiroshima 広島 - 65 Years.
= It’s been a year since I wrote what I wrote below, on August 5th in the U.S., August 6 in Japan, 2010. I write this at 9:07 a.m. on August 6, 2011. I’m in Tokyo now. Just got back from a long, hot & humid walk down Kokkai Dori (Diet/Parliament Street), through Hibiya Park. Anyway, it’s been years since I’ve been in Japan on August 6. =
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I write this at about 5:45 p.m. U.S. Central Time on August 5, 2010. In about 30 minutes it will be 8:15 a.m. on August 6, 2010, in Japan — 65 years to the moment after the first use of an atomic bomb on, over, at, to, a city and its people. Three days later, one more detonated over Nagasaki.
Last year I worked up two (2) Front Page posts regarding Hiroshima, including several photos taken when I was there in May 2008, guiding a group of University of Alabama-Birmingham (UAB) history students through Hiroshima. I don’t think I need to really add to those. So I’ll merely cite & link them here:
Which actually goes back to my first full day “on the job” in Japan on August 6, 1990, and . . .
. . . wherein I talk a bit about that May 2008 trip to Hiroshima (only my second time there).
Of course, both of the above contain photos, including this one:
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Several months ago I posted a piece here on hotels I’ve stayed at in Japan which included this, a sentimental favorite of mine, from Hiroshima. The hotel from which I took this photo was the ANA Crown Plaza. Sixty-five years ago (or 63 years before the photo was snapped) it would have been just about exactly under where the bomb detonated.
It’s now 5:59 Central Time in the U.S. In 16 minutes it will be 8:15 a.m., August 6, in Hiroshima.