KBCS Commemorates the Bombing of Hiroshima
(91.3FM Bellevue, Washington)
Help After the Atomic Bomb in Hiroshima
On August 6, 1945, the United States dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan,
resulting in 240,000 casualties. This was the first of two of the only nuclear weapons
used on civilians in the world’s history. Shirley Shimada’s family is from a fishing
village outside of Hiroshima. She shares her family’s stories about how bewildered
the Japanese people were with the impact of this new munition. Shimada recounts
what her uncle, a trainmaster near Hiroshima, told her about sending his crew in to
help the victims. Shimada is the chair of the planning committee for the event “From
Hiroshima to Hope“, an event commemorating the bombing of Hiroshima. KBCS’s
Yuko Kodama spoke with her at Seattle’s Green Lake Park.
From Hiroshima to Hope
“From Hiroshima to Hope” is an event commemorating the bombing of Hiroshima,
Japan that occurred on August 6, 1945. The evening features musical performances,
a Buddhist meditation, and floating lanterns on Seattle’s Lake. Last year, about 1200
lanterns were set afloat. Stan Shikuma participates in the event each year with the
performance group Seattle Kokon Taiko. He describes the purpose of the event with
KBCS’s Yuko Kodama.
“From Hiroshima to Hope” occurs Monday, August 6th, beginning at 6pm. It’s held
just south of Seattle’s Green Lake Bathhouse. The lantern floating begins at 8:15pm.