The Hiroshima Miracle
In 2016, I presented “Hiroshima Miracle”
to US President Obama who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
Then, President Obama reading a book sent thanks letter for us.
“I am moved by your story.
I visited Hiroshima to reaffirm my commitment
to working toward a world without nuclear weapons.
So long as more people take the time to understand the past
and embrace compassion, I am confident a brighter, more peaceful future lies ahead.
Thank you, again, for sharing your story with me. I wish you all the best.
Sincerely, Barack Obama “
“The Hiroshima Miracle” is telling true stories of Hiroshima women
who chose to live in a spirit of forgiveness instead of resentment.
In the morning of a sunny day 73 years ago,
Hiroshima became burnt ground by the atomic bombing in a flash.
However, the people of Hiroshima have overcome difficulties and have revived themselves
by keeping hopes and keeping hope even in a devastating situation.
Hiroshima had been told that it would not grow plants for 75 years,
but it quickly recovered – Plants with sprouts in half a year or trams
that resumed operation in just three days from dropping the atomic bomb,
it is handed down as a symbolic existence of reconstruction.
Hiroshima have built a position as an international peace and culture city.
My grandmother passed away by the atomic bomb on the day of atomic bombing.
My mother and great-grandmother survived at 1.5 km away from the hypocenter,
surviving miraculously. They experienced the reconstruction of Hiroshima.
I grew up listening to the reconstruction experience of my parents and relatives
from my young age and wanted to start activities from Hiroshima for world peace.
Most books that convey Hiroshima have conveyed the world the misery of the atomic bombing caused by dropping the atomic bomb.
“The Hiroshima Miracle” depicts how the Japanese of that time faced the reconstruction.
I published a book to disseminate “Forgive Heart” and “the Importance of Peace” to the world through women in Hiroshima who continued to have hope.
My grandmother passed away by the atomic bomb on that day of dropping the atomic bomb.
My mother and great-grandmother bombed the atomic bomb at 1.5 kilometers from the hypocenter, but they were miraculously survivor and experienced Hiroshima reconstruction.
I grew up, listening to reconstruction experiences from my parents, grandparents and relatives since I was young.
I wanted to start activities to pray for world peace from Hiroshima.
When I was a high school student, I participated in volunteering for peace inheritance in Hiroshima Peace Park and started activities to convey the importance of peace to high school students both in Japan and abroad.
However, I began to have doubts that peace education in Hiroshima might only convey the magnitude of the damage of the atomic bomb.
“I would like to help peace education that children can participate positively while enjoying with smiles!”
From such feelings, in 2015 after 70 years of atomic bombing, I originally published a manga “The Hiroshima Miracle”. The keyword is “Reconstruction”.
300,000 children a year are coming to Hiroshima on a school trip for peace learning.
I hope many children will read “The Hiroshima Miracle” and start with what we can do close to make it possible for world peace.
We are looking for more ways of peace education using this manga.
In Japan, we have started free lending of The Hiroshima Miracle 1,000 volumes in Japan. It is used by schools and companies.
It is an honor to be able to realize world peace together with you.