Hiroyuki Higaki 77, Hiroshima atom bomb survivor. For Fukushima's children he drew the flames of Hiroshima on one side of his portrait, and a sunflower to represent Fukushima on the other inspired by this design by Yamato, 13, from Fukushima City. His brush writing says: "To Fukushima from a Hiroshima atom bomb survivor. Be determined. If you are determined the flower will open."
Hiroyuki-san was ten years old when the atom bomb fell on Hiroshima on 6th August 1945. He was 2.5km from ground zero, and was burnt on his neck, arm and leg on the left side.
Takasugi Akira, 69, Hiroshima, lost six family members when the atom bomb fell (see below). His brush written message about Hiroshima and Fukushima says
Keiko, child of two Hiroshima atom bomb survivors (2nd generation Hibakusha). Her brush writing says "Never forget Hiroshima and Fukushima."
Chihiro is the daughter of a Hiroshima atom bomb survivor. Her brush writing for Fukushima's children says "You are not alone!" She said:
“My mother is a hibakshia. When I was growing up she was always so worried when we became ill in case it was her fault because of her radiation exposure. It happened every time we became ill.
Now I have something serious, and the medication for it makes my cheeks swell up so much my friends thought I had become fat. They asked me “Why are you getting fat when you are so busy every day?” It is embarrassing, but it is just the medication. But I have not told my mother about my illness, because she would feel very guilty and would worry too much.
When I was younger I moved to Kyoto, and one of my new friends asked me where I came from. When I told her I was from Hiroshima she moved sideways away from me. I was so hurt. After that I did not tell anyone where I was from and I tried not to use my Hiroshima accent or words.
I really hate the idea that children from Fukushima prefecture will have to have the same experience that I had. When I heard that some of them have been bullied when they have evacuated to other areas it made me so angry. No-one should have to suffer this.”
"My grandmother was an atom bomb survivor (Hibakusha), so I am a third generation hibakshia. She died last March. She was sixty eight, and she was burned by the bomb when she was a baby. My father and mother didn’t live with me since I was a baby. My mother left, and then my father left, so grandma was my mother. I didn’t used to want to listen to her A Bomb stories – but now I think I should have listened to her. My picture is of me listening to my grandma on a bench in the park.
I feel the same kind of anger about nuclear weapons and nuclear plants. Toden* is dirty but rich – they are too selfish. I am angry that Fukushima’s people have a lot of trouble and Toden are selfish."
*Toden means Tokyo Denroku (Tokyo Electric Power Co, or Tepco) the company responsible for the nuclear disaster at Fukushima Daichi
His picture is connected to this picture by T-kun, 11, from Fukushima prefecture, which he liked.
Ren is 10 and is from Hiroshima. His design shows him playing football in front of a red Torii, a gate used to enter Shinto shrines. This is because he saw the drawings by boys from Nakadori and Hamadori who cannot play football outside because of radiation like this one, and this one. His writing says "Hiroshima recovered – it is clean – so Fukushima will recover too."
like this one, he designed this picture of him catching a fish in the ocean - Hiroshima has a strong connection with the sea. His writing says "I hope you can go fishing soon."