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Cick here to register for the Zoom Session with Hibakusha from Hiroshima, Emiko Okada
(April 21, 2021 at 7:30pm EST)

*Please note that registration for the 4/21/21 session is limited and is available on a first come, first served basis.
If we are unable to accommodate you, you may view the recording at a later date.
Thank you for understanding

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"Hibakusha" is a Japanese term that refers to the survivors of the bombings at Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945.

On April 21, 2021, Hibakusha Emiko Okada will present her eye-witness testimony of the bombing of Hiroshima to the CMU Community via Zoom. Ms. Okada was 8 years old and at her Hiroshima home, 2.8km from the hypocenter, on August 6, 1945. Sign up for the Zoom session with her, live from the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, above.

Ms. Okada has served as a Hiroshima Peace Volunteer at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum for many years. She has been active in sharing her testimony overseas, especially at A-bomb exhibitions in the United States.

To learn more about Ms. Okada, click
here, and here.

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The whole city of Hiroshima was wiped out. They say that 70,000 people died straight away, but it’s not like anyone ever counted them. It’s all just estimates. There are seven rivers running through the city and everyone just jumped into them, they could have been washed out to sea. No-one knows how many people died in Hiroshima. With just a single nuclear bomb, not just people, but many forms of life, flowers, trees, animals, they were all wiped out.
Emiko Okada
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Past Hibakusha Testimonies at Central Michigan University
sponsored by The Center for International Ethics:

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On October 21, 2020, Ms. Kiyomi Kono presented her witness to the Central Michigan University via Zoom. Students from CMU's Honors Program asked questions. The video of that event is above. 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.

To learn more about Ms. Kono. Click
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Corpses of junior high school students piled up like lumber in "A-Bomb Drawings by Survivors" by Ms. Kiyomi Kono.

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In 2014, we were blessed to learn from Ms. Sachiko Masuoka of Chicago. Ms. Masuoka, another Hibakusha, presented her witness of the bombings. Photos of that event are below.

Hibakusha Testimony
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.