The villager's note and testimony / Foreword

On August 6, 1945 an atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima.

What happened that day in Hesaka, about six kilometers away from the hypocenter? At that time Hesaka was a peaceful, farming village of 1,440 people, which can hardly be imagined from the current population of 24,000.

This record was compiled collecting what was remembered, written or spoken, from mainly the local Hesaka people we could reach, clinging even to a faintest clue. It started in early summer in 1976 and it took us one year to complete.

The first edition was published in 1977. Adding one more story in 1980, the second edition, “The Record of the Atomic Bombing - Hesaka” was completed.

Among those who collaborated in the first edition, quite a few have already passed away. We'd like to pray for the repose of their souls.

We wish the contributed memoirs will forever be kept and passed on as invaluable materials for people to ponder peace.

Keisuke Imanaka
Director of the Hesaka Community Center, Hiroshima
June, 1982

Explanatory notes:

  1. (Speech) at the end means the story was given orally and notes taken by the staff of the Hesaka Community Center.
  2. (Memoir) at the end means the story was given in written form.
  3. Since the (Speech) pieces were orally given, there could be a possibility of some mistakes in the notes. We appreciate your kind understanding.
  4. The Community Center staff gave titles to the stories that didn't have any.

This sentence is licensed under the Hesaka public hall.

Some Rights Reserved

Hiroshima Speaks Out


Contact : Go to Contact Form