Survivors of the atomic bomb blasts are called “hibakusha” in Japanese. Michiko Harada was 6 years old at the time of the Nagasaki bombing. Both of her parents were exposed to the radiation and eventually died from related illnesses, as did her grandfather and brother.
Harada will touch on her experiences in a talk she will deliver at 1 p.m., Monday Sept. 28, at the Metropolitan State University Midway Campus. Her 20-minute talk will cover her family’s experience with the bomb and the radiation’s effects on health, as well as a message of peace to emphasize that peace cannot be taken for granted and must be maintained by informed citizens.
The event from 1 to 2:30 pm. is open. Reservations are not needed, but those wishing to bring a class are asked to contact Michal Moskow (e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org).
This is the 70th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bombs and the 60th anniversary of the Nagasaki-St. Paul Sister City agreement, the first between cities of the United States and Asia.
Harada will be accompanied by Nagasaki Peace Memorial Hall Director Masanobu Chita, Nagiko Yokoyama also from the Nagasaki Peace Memorial and interpreter Neill Geoff. Their visit is courtesy of the Nagasaki National Peace Memorial Hall for Atomic Bomb Victims, which produced the Hiroshima Nagasaki Peace Exhibition being shown at the Landmark Center through Nov. 28, 2015.
- Michiko Harada speaks at 1 p.m., Monday Sept. 28, at the Metropolitan State University Midway Campus, 1380 Energy Lane, St Paul, room 104-10 in the Center for Online Learning.
- Hiroshima Nagasaki Peace Exhibition at the Landmark Center through Nov. 28, 2015.
- Pictures from a Hiroshima Schoolyard art exhibit and documentary film screening at 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19 the Landmark Center. The exhibit is free and runs until Oct. 25. Film screenings will shown at 2 p.m. each Saturday through the duration of the exhibit.