Greetings from Representative Director

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I was born and raised in Hiroshima. A little over 70 years ago, the
world’s first atomic bomb was dropped on my city. My mother,
father, grandmother, grandfather, and great-grandmother were all
exposed to the bomb, so I am a second-generation hibakusha, or
atomic bomb survivor. I grew up seeing, firsthand, both the effects
of the bomb and Hiroshima’s remarkable recovery from it.

When I was ten, I was in a traffic accident that fractured my skull
and caused a brain hemorrhage. I nearly died.
The doctors said I had only a slight chance of surviving, and that
even if I did, I would probably remain bedridden or half-paralyzed.
Yet miraculously, I made a full recovery, with no aftereffects.
This experience transformed my view of life and death.
In gratitude and wonder at this second chance I had been given, I promised myself that I would try to
help as many people as possible for the rest of my life.

In high school I volunteered as a guide showing visitors around the monuments in Hiroshima’s
Peace Memorial Park. But all the materials on Hiroshima I read were about the tragedy and horror of
the atomic bombing. One thing that made me shocked is that even then, till now, Hiroshima is still
being known as “The Bombing City” and “Black Rain with radiation exposure”. Students visiting the city
on peace-study tours said things to me like, “Coming to Hiroshima just reminds me of the horrible
history of the bomb. I don’t want to come here again.” Such remarks filled me with sadness.
Exhibits about the bomb continue to be held around the world today, but most consist of black-and-
white photographs of the city in ruins or victims covered with hideous burns and scars. I began to
feel there was a gap between these images and the reality of the Hiroshima I know.

Hiroshima is not just a city of tragic memories. It is a place of hope, a “comeback city” that rose from
the ashes and rubble and made itself whole again. Instead of dwelling on the horrors of the bomb, I
wanted to tell the story of the women of Hiroshima who were in the forefront of that miraculous
recovery. I wanted people to see Hiroshima as a city that has never stopped working toward a brighter
future even as it appeals to the world for peace.

As a person who was born and raised in Hiroshima, I desire to tell that Hiroshima was the first city
suffered from atomic bombing but it has been recovered and becomes a city of “Hope and Peace”.

We have created the largest paper crane with over 800 volunteers for Guinness World Record
challenge.
The paper crane records 81.94m in length, 36m in height and 1ton in weight. The Guinness World
Record is certified in Jan 2010.

The “2020 Olympic Games in Hiroshima Support Team” is established in Feb 2010. We collected over
600 thousand of signatures and handed over to Mayor of Hiroshima.

It was out of this desire, and to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the bombing and the end of
World War II, that I wrote and self-published this manga,
The Hiroshima Miracle: Hiroshima Is in the Pink!” It tells the true story of the women of my
great-grandmother’s generation, who propelled Hiroshima’s recovery at a time when many of the
city’s men had not returned from war. The story has two themes: how the people of Hiroshima never
gave up hope as they surmounted unbelievable hardships to rebuild their utterly destroyed city,
and how crucial it is for peace that people love and support one another without hate or resentment.
I have hoped to let everyone know the spirit of “Hiroshima women” since I started my voluntary
activities in high school. I wish you will be interested in this manga and take a look at it.

I thank you for reading this book. I pray that for all of us, a peaceful world, where people live together
in a spirit of caring, respect, and forgiveness, will draw nearer with each day.

 

2015

Taeko Tada, Representative Director, Peace Piece Project

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