"Hibakusha" is a Japanese term that refers to the survivors of the bombings at Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945.
In 2014, we were honored when Ms. Sachiko Masuoka of Chicago presented her witness of the bombings. Photos of that event are below.
In 2020, the 75th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Ms. Kiyomo Kono of Hiroshima, presented her witness testimony to the Central Michigan University Community on October 21, 2020 via Zoom. Students from CMU's Honors Program asked questions. The video of that event is to the right. We are most honored and humbled to hear Ms. Kono's witness.
Ms. Kono was born in 1931 in Asakita Ward, Hiroshima City. She was exposed to the atomic bombing when entering Hiroshima City as a 2d year student at a girls' school on August 7, 1945. She recorded her memories of the bombing in "A-bomb Drawings by Survivors". She also published a picture book "watashi wa wasurnai ("I will never forget that day"). She began providing her witness testimony in 2003 to junior high school students. Among those she has educated are U.S. students Missouri, Washington, Oregon and New Mexico.
Corpses of junior high school students piled up like lumber in "A-Bomb Drawings by Survivors" by Ms. Kiyomi Kono.
Hibakusha testimony in 2014. Ms. Sachiko Masuoka, Hibakusha, provides her testimony to the Central Michigan University Community in 2014. Dr. Yuki Miyamoto author of "Beyond the Mushroom Cloud," joins her.