How are you today? Have you been well since the last time I wrote to you?
For everyone in Hiroshima, August 6th was a very important day. It was the
71st anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb. When I lived in
Hiroshima, I used to attend the commemorative ceremonies and activities
when I could, especially as I know people who were in Hiroshima when the
bomb was dropped. Since coming back to England, I have wondered how I
could continue to show my support in the "No more Hiroshimas" campaign, and
I found it...
On August 6th, a commemorative event to mark the anniversary of the
dropping of the atomic bomb was held in Manchester, not far from my
hometown Liverpool. It was significant that the ceremony was held
at Manchester University because it was there that the first atom was split
by Ernest Rutherford.
On the day, I gathered with other people to listen to readings and poetry
about the effects of the dropping of the atomic bomb as well as the
Hiroshima peace declaration. A wreath for all the people who died and
suffered because of the bomb was placed infront of a war memorial by the
Lord Mayor of Manchester, and then everyone read the UN peace affirmation
After the ceremony, we all went into the University Museum and folded paper
cranes and then wrote messages on them. We could choose where our cranes
were sent, Hiroshima or Nagasaki. Mine is going to Hiroshima.
At the bottom of this article, you can see pictures from the ceremony and
the paper crane-making activity. (The other people in the picture used to
live in Japan too.) You can also see a picture of my crane and message at
the top of this article. Since the first time I visited Hiroshima in 2001,
I immediately felt calm and tranquil. This, I think, is because of the
citizens' constant promotion of peace. Hiroshima has a very special feel
to it. Whilst living in Hiroshima prefecture (from 2007 to 2015), I met
some truly wonderful people. I am thinking of you all always and forever
and with my crane I send to you my best wishes and deepest gratitude for
all the kindness you showed me and great experiences you gave me
From your faraway friend, Corrina. ☺️