Hiroshima & Nagasaki Remembered – A Visit to the Atomic Bomb & Peace Memorial Sites

[This post may occasionally be placed at the top of this blog in early August for the Aug. 6 commemoration of the Hiroshima bombing and the Aug. 9 commemoration of the Nagasaki bombing, during which newer posts appear below this one.  It was written from Japan in November 2013.]

I REMEMBER.

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In my blogpost (August 2013), “Genocidal War Crimes Not Forgotten. 68 Years ago this week: The Nuclear Incineration of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. w/ Portland Commemoration Event.“, I have already pointed out that the attacks were purely evil terrorist acts, which had absolutely nothing to do with ‘ending the war’.  If anything, they were about beginning the Cold War.

“…[The] use of this barbarous weapon at Hiroshima and Nagasaki was of no material assistance in our war against Japan. The Japanese were already defeated and ready to surrender.  …  [In] being the first to use it, we . . . adopted an ethical standard common to the barbarians of the Dark Ages. I was not taught to make war in that fashion, and wars cannot be won by destroying women and children.”

– Fleet Admiral Major General Curtis E. LeMay, Chief of Staff to President Truman [Source: American Military Leaders Urge President Truman not to Drop the Atomic Bomb]

It was at my visit to Reactor B on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington (see what a mess that still is HERE), where the plutonium for the atomic bomb attack on Nagasaki was manufactured, that it dawned on me that I very well may have had ‘a past life’ in Japan at that dreadful moment.  As it goes with such insights, they’re impossible to prove and for those who are not aware of (or don’t belief in) the cyclical nature of death and rebirth, it may even sound ridiculous.  I could say much more, but will keep it at this for now.   For me it explained a lot.  And it was part of my interest to visit these places, bringing a long and sometimes crazy-intense healing journey full circle.

Deepening shamanic journeys into the archetypal dynamics of fission technology let me to believe that perhaps conducting ceremonies in Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Fukushima, could be helpful to losen the grip of what I call “the nuclear spell“.  So this month I did just that:  I came to Japan and started out with visits to Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and the Fukushima Prefecture.  (More on my brief visit to the Fukushima coast in an upcoming blog post.)

First, some photos from my visit to the Hiroshima & Nagasaki War Memorial Museums and Monuments, remembering those most horrific nuclear genocidal terrorist attacks of August 6 and 9th, 1945.  I have not much to add.  You could spent days wandering the exhibits and taking it in bit by bit at your own pace.

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Drawings by Hiroshima bombing survivor

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I can’t but remember how differently the story was told at the Reactor B in the United States, where military-type tour guides still boast of the “amazing” scientific achievement, which truly amounted to nothing but going into conceptualization overdrive, widespread secrecy and deception, manipulations of minds and matter, and the creation of untold misery and destruction…  … It will remain a blemish on the American soul till the day it admits its grave mistake, and fully disarms its nuclear arsenal.  Like human beings everywhere, I hold Americans in such high regard to consider that a possibility.

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The Hiroshima bombing directly killed an estimated 80,000 people in a flash.  By the end of the year, injury and radiation brought total casualties to near 140,000.

A reconstruction of the post-attack realities: badly burned bodies, slimy molten skin falling off,…

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A reconstruction of post-nuclear horrors in the wake of the atom bomb attack on Hiroshima.

Then:

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And now:

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Hiroshima, early November 2013. Photo by © Michaël Van Broekhoven, 2013.

For photos of beautiful things to see in presentday Hiroshima, see HERE.

  • More historical photos from the Atomic Bomb Memorial Museums:
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An example of horrific genetic mutations seen in the aftermath of the nuclear attacks, burdening future populations with the consequences of long-past wars… This photo is from Kazakhstan, from after the nulcear bomb testing by the Soviet Union. Photographer: Danik Galiaskarov; Source: http://groups.nur.kz/kk/groupphoto-54979

Given the FACT that the Fukushima nuclear disaster has already released far more radioactive particles into the environment than 1000 Hiroshima bombs, there is grave reason for concern.   No just for Japan, but much of the world.  There is ALREADY evidence, that North American government agencies are downplaying or full-on covering up the full extent of fallout, as well as its negative effects in North America as well, where just a fraction was deposited compared to the most affected areas of North-Eastern Japan.  While exaggeration and fear-mongering is not helpful here, there is reason for concern.  Some things MUST change.   My view is that nuclear fission technology is simply misguided, entirely, and must be banned immediately:

Shut down all nuclear fission reactors NOW ! Complete nuclear disarmament NOW!

I will share more on this topic shortly, as I report on my brief visit to Fukushima Prefecture, but – meanwhile – I would like to already draw attention to this very troubling headline (ENEnews):   Gundersen: Health effects from Fukushima are being hidden — Japan not publishing data on stillbirths, spontaneous abortions, cancers, and more since 3/11 — Indicates they’re afraid to release it (VIDEO).

More from Hiroshima & Nagasaki:

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A watch stuck at the time the Hiroshima bomb went off…

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Shadow of a person in the intense heat flash zone…

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It is unbelievable, and a sign of having utterly lost one’s moral compass, that after assessing the damage, the United States, as well as many other nations (USSR/Russia, France, UK, Israel, CHina, India, Pakistan, North Korea,…) went on to built more of these weapons of mass destruction…

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at the hypocenter, the heat resembles that of the surface of the sun, melting even rocks. Photo” some pieces that were found in the rubble, exhibited in Hiroshima.
Photo by © Michaël Van Broekhoven, 2013.

According to statistics found within Nagasaki Peace Park, the death toll from the atomic bombing totalled 73,884, including 2,000 Korean forced workers and eight POWs, as well as another 74,909 injured, and another several hundred thousand diseased and dying from fallout and other illness caused by radiation.

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At Nagasaki hypocenter peace monument, just as in Hiroshima, many schools visit to learn about what happened.

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MAY PEACE PREVAIL ON EARTH.

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