Every summer in August, peace memorial services for atomic-bomb victims are held in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
I don't have any close relatives who have encountered the atomic bombing, so all I've ever done at that day was to watch TV and felt sorry for the victims.
But this year, I have to study bit more about the atomic bombing, because I was asked to give a small lecture, aiming to read some parts of an English version of '原爆の記'、’A Memoir of the Atomic Bombing.'
First, I was explained that this lecture was organized only by people in citizen groups to commemorate the first publication of the English version, so not many participants are expected to come.
I took this explanation as it is, and said OK without concerning enough.
However, I was so devastated when I got this month's newsletter of my city this evening.
An announcement of this lecture was written on the front!
I have no fear about reading the book written in English with participants and give some comments about the English translation, but the problem is that I know nothing about the atomic bombing...
I can only hope that nobody who are familiar with the atomic bombing would come...
This is the book I'm talking about.
http://www.icu.ac.jp/english/news/20080502-96.html (in English)
http://www.icu.ac.jp/news/20080502-165.html (in Japanese)
to have a glance of the book
And also, I recommend this Manga to all of you even you are not a big fan of manga.
Thanks to beautifully illustrated cherry blossoms, this manga succeeds to convey an important message and, in a way, very depressing facts, with universally acceptable fashion, I guess.
For further details about the atomic bombing in Hiroshima, I found this site very useful.
It's especially arranged to help kids to study the atomic bomb.
You can read it both in English and Japanese with furigana.