A message for Hiroshima


Hi, everyone!

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

in unison.

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

in Hiroshima.

From your faraway friend, Corrina. ☺️