But this day would be different, very different. On this day a single bomb dropped by a single airplane destroyed the city, leading to the end of World War II and introducing mankind to the Atomic Age. Michihiko Hachiya lived through that day and kept a diary of his experience.
Nothing in the day's dawning indicated that this day would be any different from its predecessors. But this day would be different, very different. This day would change the The bomb's mushroom cloud rises 20, feet above the city soon after the blast.
On this day a single bomb dropped by a single airplane destroyed the city, leading to the end of World War II and introducing mankind to the Atomic Age.
Michihiko Hachiya lived through that day and kept a diary of his experience.
He served as Director of the Hiroshima Communications Hospital and lived near the hospital approximately a mile from the explosion's epicenter. His diary was published in English in Suddenly, a strong flash of light Shimmering leaves, reflecting sunlight from a cloudless sky, made a pleasant contrast with shadows in my garden as I gazed absently through wide-flung doors opening to the south.
Clad in drawers and undershirt, I was sprawled on the living room floor exhausted because I had just spent a sleepless night on duty as an air warden in my hospital. Suddenly, a strong flash of light startled me - and then another.
So well does one recall little things that I remember vividly how a stone lantern in the garden became brilliantly lit and I debated whether this light was caused by a magnesium flare or sparks from a passing trolley. The view where a moment before had been so bright and sunny was now dark and hazy.
Through swirling dust I could barely discern a wooden column that had supported one comer of my house. It was leaning crazily and the roof sagged dangerously. By picking my way cautiously I managed to reach the roka [an outside hallway] and stepped down into my garden.
A profound weakness overcame me, so I stopped to regain my strength. To my surprise I discovered that I was completely naked How odd!
Where were my drawers and undershirt? All over the right side of my body I was cut and bleeding. A large splinter was protruding from a mangled wound in my thigh, and something warm trickled into my mouth.
My check was torn, I discovered as I felt it gingerly, with the lower lip laid wide open. Embedded in my neck was a sizable fragment of glass which I matter-of-factly dislodged, and with the detachment of one stunned and shocked I studied it and my blood-stained hand. Where was my wife? Suddenly thoroughly alarmed, I began to yell for her: Had my carotid artery been cut?
Would I bleed to death? Frightened and irrational, I called out again 'It's a five-hundred-ton bomb! Yaeko-san, where are you?
A five- hundred-ton bomb has fallen! Seeing her, I was reassured. My own panic assuaged, I tried to reassure her. Hachiya and his wife make there way to the street.
As the homes around them collapse, they realize they must move on, and begin their journey to the hospital a few hundred yards away. After the Blast "We started out, but after twenty or thirty steps I had to stop. My breath became short, my heart pounded, and my legs gave way under me. An overpowering thirst seized me and I begged Yaeko-san to find me some water.
But there was no water to be found.- Michihiko Hachiya, Hiroshima Diary: The Journal of a Japanese Physician August 6 - September 30, What observations did the doctor make about the effects of the bombing on his.
Michihiko Hachiya (蜂谷道彦, Hachiya Michihiko, in Okayama Prefecture - ) was a Japanese medical practitioner who survived the Hiroshima bombing in and kept a diary of his experience.
He was Director of the Hiroshima Communications Hospital and lived near the hospital, about a mile from the explosion's rutadeltambor.comality: Japan.
Let me start out by saying 'Hiroshima Diary' is written from the perspective of Dr. Michihiko Hachiya - the director of the Hiroshima Communications Hospital (located about 1, meters from where the bomb hit) - and contains his thoughts and experiences from the moment the atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima on August 6, up through /5(50).
This book “Hiroshima Diary” is the journal of a Japanese physician, Michihiko Hachiya, M.D., who has witnessed and recorded his plights and descriptions on the aftermath of the first atomic bomb from August 6 - September 30, /5.
Email to friends Share on Facebook - opens in a new window or tab Share on Twitter - opens in a new window or tab Share on Pinterest - opens in a new window or tabSeller Rating: % positive. 1 Excerpt from Hiroshima Diary () 1 Michihiko Hachiya 7 August I must have slept soundly because when I opened my eyes a piercing hot sun was shining.