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Radiation Sickness – “Hiroshima” – John Heresy

December 2nd, 2011 · No Comments · Hiroshima, History, Japan, Nuclear Weapons, Science, War, WW2

Whatever its source, the disease had some baffling quirks. Not all the patients exhibited all the main symptoms. People who suffered flash burns were protected, to a considerable extent, from radiation sickness. Those who had lain quietly for days or even hours after the bombing were much less liable to get sick than those who [...]

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The Original Child Bomb – “Hiroshima” – John Heresy

December 1st, 2011 · No Comments · Hiroshima, History, Japan, Nuclear Weapons, Science, War, WW2

About a week after the bomb dropped, a vague, incomprehensible rumour reached Hiroshima—that the city had been destroyed by the energy released when atoms were somehow split in two. The weapon was referred to in this word-of-mouth report as genshi bakudan—the root characters of which can be translated as “original child bomb.” No one understood [...]

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Black Rain – “Hiroshima” – John Heresy

December 1st, 2011 · No Comments · Hiroshima, History, Japan, Nuclear Weapons, War, WW2

It began to rain. Mrs. Nakamura kept her children under the umbrella. The drops grew abnormally large and someone shouted, “The Americans are dropping gasoline. They’re going to set fire to us!” (This alarm stemmed from one of the theories being passed through the park as to why so much of Hiroshima had burned: it [...]

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Culture in Crisis – “Hiroshima” – John Heresy

December 1st, 2011 · No Comments · Hiroshima, History, Japan, Nuclear Weapons, Uncategorized, War, WW2

To Father Kleinsorge, an Occidental, the silence in the grove by the river, where hundreds of gruesomely wounded suffered together, was one of the most dreadful and awesome phenomena of his whole experience. The hurt ones were quiet; no one wept, much less screamed in pain; no one complained; none of the many who died [...]

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Flash Burns – “Hiroshima” – John Heresy

November 30th, 2011 · No Comments · Hiroshima, History, Japan, Nuclear Weapons, War, WW2

He was the only person making his way into the city; he met hundreds and hundreds who were fleeing, and every one of them seemed to be hurt in some way. The eyebrows of some were burned off and skin hung from their faces and hands. Others, because of pain, held their arms up as [...]

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Doctors in Crisis – “Hiroshima” – John Heresy

November 30th, 2011 · No Comments · Hiroshima, History, Japan, Nuclear Weapons, War, WW2

In a city of two hundred and forty-five thousand, nearly a hundred thousand people had been killed or doomed at one blow; a hundred thousand more were hurt. At least ten thousand of the wounded made their way to the best hospital in town, which was altogether unequal to such a trampling, since it had [...]

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Teachers – “An Artist of the Floating World” – Kazuo Ishiguro

October 11th, 2011 · No Comments · Art, Culture, Japan, Japanese, Literature

A teacher or mentor whom one admires greatly in early adulthood will leave his mark, and indeed, long after one has come to re-evaluate, perhaps even reject, the bulk of that man’s teachings, certain traits will tend to survive, like some shadow of that influence, to remain with one throughout one’s life… ..the way I [...]

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Consolation in Failure – “An Artist of the Floating World” – Kazuo Ishiguro

October 10th, 2011 · No Comments · Japan, Japanese, Literature, Philosophy

If one has failed only where others have not had the courage or will to try, there is a consolation – indeed, a deep satisfaction – to be gained from this observation when looking back over one’s life.

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Beauty – “An Artist of the Floating World” – Kazuo Ishiguro

October 10th, 2011 · No Comments · Japan, Japanese, Literature, Philosophy

It’s hard to appreciate the beauty of a world when one doubts its very validity.

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One – the Floating World – “An Artist of the Floating World” – Kazuo Ishiguro

October 10th, 2011 · No Comments · Japan, Japanese, Literature, Philosophy

The best things, he always used to say, are put together of a night and vanish with the morning. What people call the floating world, Ono, was a world Gisaburo knew how to value.’

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