The story of Hiroshima’s atomic bombing

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The story of Hiroshima’s atomic bombing

On August 5, 1945, Hiroshima resident Shinoe Shoda heard from an acquaintance that beans were different from usual, which they took to be an auspicious sign that Japan would win the war.

She wrote a tanka poem that went to this effect, How pathetic The day before the A-bomb dropped on us We believed the rumor that we would win the war. In the Aug. 6 bombing, Shoda suffered a shoulder injury. She arrived at an evacuation center and saw rows of injured people, including those who appeared beyond help.

She remembered one of them this way: A dear, sweet student about to die But when I called her name she answered yes. Another grisly sight was what remains of people who were alive only a short time before: These are not lumps of coal These are charred remains of human beings Piled high A truck rumbles past. These were images of hell that Shoda, who later became known as Genbaku Kajin A-bomb tanka poet, would never forget.

After escaping censorship at the General Headquarters, her collection of poems titled Sange was secretly published. The Supreme Commander for the Allied Powers GHQ Shoda was prepared to take any risk to publish the work. She must have been driven by her desire to mourn the dead, but perhaps was motivated more intensely by her fury over the A-bomb attack.

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