| Masako's Story
Atomic Bombing of Hiroshima
On August 6, 1945,
8:15 a.m., when the world's first atomic bomb
was dropped on Hiroshima, the Furuta family was
living about one mile away from the hypocenter.
Five-year-old Kikuko, her mother, Masako, and
her two brothers barely escaped with their
lives. However, their soldier father was not so
fortunate. Masako never talked about her
family's experiences on that day and the days
following the bombing. Then one day, Masako
started to talk about what happened -- breaking
a silence of nearly fifty years.
Professor Otake, Masako's
daughter, was a five-year-old when the bomb
destroyed her home and most of Hiroshima. She,
her mother and two brothers were injured but she
remembered little if anything about that day and
those following. Only when Masako broke her
silence of five decades did Kikuko learn of her
own close call with death.
Masako's Story was
first published in Japanese by Maruzen in 2003
(ISBN 4-89630-102-1) with the title "To America
from Hiroshima" [Amerika e Hiroshima kara].
This English edition is an edited translation of
the Japanese book.
Kikuko Otake graduated from
Tsuda College in Tokyo. She has an M.A. in
Education from California State University at
Los Angeles. She is an award winning haiku and
Review by Aaron Baldwin in Mainichi Daily
News, Sep 17, 2007
As of September 2012,
MASAKO'S STORY is available in a
revised 2nd edition, and paperback,
hardcover and kindle editions.
Author: Kikuko Otake
ISBN: 978-0-9781414-6-2, Year published: July 2007
Pages: 100 Page size: 147x210mm
Bilingual: English and Japanese
Binding: Paperback, Base price: Yen 1,500++
on the Japanese edition.
アメリカへ : ヒロシマから / ケイ大竹著. --
[カリフォルニア] : ケイ大竹, 2003.6 ; 東京 :
丸善出版サービスセンター (製作). -- 127p ;
20cm, ISBN 4-89630-102-1 : 762円; NDC(9):
911.56, JP: 20442941
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