Hiroshima Survivor In The Springs

By: Lauri Martin Email
By: Lauri Martin Email

He shares a horrifying tale of survival. Masaru Kawasaki was in Hiroshima when the atomic bomb was dropped more than 60 years ago. He's in Colorado Springs and shared his story at Colorado College.

Kawasaki was less than a mile away from the epicenter of the bomb. “Soon after, the entire city was in flames and everyone was dying in the fire," Kawasaki says. He was a 21-year-old Japanese soldier at the time. “The thing I remember is the beating of my heart the entire time."

The house he was in was leveled and crushed him. "I was bleeding profusely. I took off my shirt, I took off everything." He says he remembers doctors operating on him right there in the street without any anesthetic.

He says for many years, that August day haunted him, but as a composer, Kawasaki learned to cope by writing music. At CC, the song he composed 30 years as a tribute to the thousands who died in the bombing was played. It's called, “The Prayer” and the song is played in Hiroshima every year on the anniversary.

While Kawasaki will never forget the mushroom cloud, he says it's history. "What I'm trying to tell you is that I love America."

Kawasaki lost some family members in that blast, including his grandmother and his cousin. Because of the atomic bomb, Kawaski had blood disorders until five years ago, they were finally cured.

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