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Japan Book Club: Hiroshima – part 4

January 29, 2012

Chapter four of Hiroshima is called Panic Grass and Feverfew – named after the different types of weeds that have started to grow in Hiroshima.

This chapter follows our six survivors a year after the bombing.  In this section, the author refers to these people as “the lucky ones.”

What is happening to the six characters now?  Are they really “the lucky ones”?

Here's a map of Hiroshima to help you keep the locations straight in your head while you read.

Every student in our Japan group is required to participate.  You must comment on this post with your thoughts, then come back and comment on what other people have said – you are required to make an effort to keep the conversation going by replying to at least 2 other students (more than just “I agree” or “you are right.” Give them reasons why you agree/disagree or what they said that was meaningful – make this a discussion). 

Next, we’ll be reading Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes by Eleanor Coerr – you should begin looking for your own copy at a local library or book store soon.  Amazon.com has some cheap used copies available too.  We will start reading that book in mid February.    
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  1. Sydney Bebar permalink
    January 29, 2012 5:08 pm

    1.a. Dr. Fuji was staying in Mr. Okuma’s summer house, here his injuries started to slowly heal. He started to help refugees but could only help cuts and burns.
    1.b. Father Kleinsorge was on his way to the Novitiate when he stopped at the Yokohama Bank. A little bit after stopping, he grew weak but did not mention it to anyone at the Novitiate, only to realize a few day later that his “minor” cuts had grown swollen.
    1.c. Mrs. Nakamura had been staying at her siter-in-law’s house in Kabe, but during her week at the Novitiate, she realized her hair had started falling out. Soon her and her daughter, Myeko, started feeling weak while her other son and daughter felt fine.
    1.d. Dr Sasaki was busy trying to figure out the stages of the unknown disease, and was trying to figure out a cure. Though a main complication of curing it was the large lack of supplies and proper tools.
    1.e. Miss Sasaki was suffering through a fractured tibia, skin with bumps, and a fever. Though her head, throat, eyes, lungs, and heart were appearing to be working as usual.
    1.f. Rev. Tanimoto suffered a fever of 104 but was only worrying of how he should be conducting funerals instead of laying down.
    2. I would say that they are quite lucky to be alive, but they are also quite unlucky. They are luckt to be alive, but the way tha they are living, it might be less painful to just die. Though some say they are lucky to survive, their living may be the most painful thing that they will have to endure. So pretty much not living, may be better for all of them, especially the trribly sick ones.

    • tyler webber permalink
      January 30, 2012 3:20 pm

      If you would have had to live through that, would you consitter yourself more lucky or more unlucky?

      • Kevin Wilson permalink
        February 5, 2012 1:53 pm

        i think i would consider my self more unlucky.

    • Tyler Pearson permalink
      February 19, 2012 2:51 pm

      Tyler, i would consider myself unlucky. I would rather be vaporized than to suffer a painful irradiated death.

  2. Zach Ciko permalink
    January 29, 2012 8:41 pm

    Our characters are recovering form their wounds, Dr. Fuji is at Mr. Okumas summer home. Father Kleinsorge is on his way to Novitate and stopped at the Yokohama bank, but his so called minor cuts have became swolen. Mrs. Nakamura decided to stay at her sisters house in Kabe yet during her week at notivate her hair began to fall out then her and her daughter began to feel weak. Dr. Sasaki was trying to figure out a cure to the unknown disease, but his complication was his lack of proper supplies and tools. Miss Sasaki was feeling sick with an injured tibia but all her important body parts were appering to function properly. Rev. Tanimoto was sick with a high fever, but was more worried about conducting funerals instead of helping himself. So I say they are lucky that they still have some family and they are still alive, but they aren’t because they are all suffering from the attack

    • tyler webber permalink
      January 30, 2012 3:21 pm

      Who do you think was the most lucky out of all the characters?

    • Shane Chetney permalink
      January 30, 2012 3:46 pm

      You make a great point Zach. They all have some sort of family to help them through their pains and losses.

    • Sydney Bebar permalink
      January 30, 2012 4:50 pm

      I agree that they are both mucky and unlucky. They are alive, but just barely.

      • Meghan permalink
        March 4, 2012 3:15 pm

        They are barely alive. It is hard to think of how they will ever be able to really “live” again with this devastating event in their lives.

  3. Nate Zurawski permalink
    January 29, 2012 9:31 pm

    Dr.Fujii stayed at a man named Mr.Okuma’s summer home where he rested so his injuries would heal, then he started to help others again.

    Father Kleinsorge put all of his remaining money in the half destroyed Yokohama Bank. He traveled on foot and after a while he felt very tired and when he got to the Novitiate he learned that his cuts he thought were minor have become swollen.

    Mrs. Nakamura stayed in Kabe with her sister-in-law when she went to the Novitiate she and her daughter began to feel very ill and her hair began to fall out, but her other daughter and son felt perfectly fine.

    Dr. Sasaki was hung up on trying to figure out this mysterious disease’s cure and its steps. The main problem with this was that he had little to no tools to help anyone.

    Miss Sasaki was a wreck, her tibia was fractured, her skin had mysterious bumps on it, and had a fever, but her head, throat, heart, eyeballs, and lungs were normal.

    Rev.Tanimoto was figuring out how to plan funerals instead of resting while he had a fever of 104 degrees.

    Even though the book says they are lucky I have to say that almost all of them are unlucky except for maybe Dr. Sasaki and Dr. Fujii because everyone else was very sick or their bodies were in serious condition. But they are lucky to be living.

    • Shane Chetney permalink
      January 30, 2012 3:46 pm

      I agree Nate. They all are both lucky and unlucky to be alive. I mean yess its great to be alive but i bet they are going through excruciating pain and some may even wish they were dead rather than suffer the pain

    • Sydney Bebar permalink
      January 30, 2012 4:52 pm

      I gree that they were all unlucky, but I would say Dr. Sasaki and Dr. Fuji were also unlucky because of a loss in the family. Most likely a relative or close friend would have been lost.

    • Blair Tuider permalink
      February 5, 2012 11:50 am

      I agree that they are “lucky” to be living, but they are unlucky by seeing horrible things all around them.

      • Meghan permalink
        March 4, 2012 3:13 pm

        Yeah, I think it is lucky that they are at least alive, but now they have to deal with the trauma and terrible things happening in their lives and around them.

    • Hannah Schram permalink
      February 5, 2012 8:11 pm

      I agree with you that the survivors weren’t lucky at all with an exception of Dr. Sasaki and Dr. Fujii since they didnt come down with harsh fevers and sickness but they still went through the pain of seeing others die.

  4. tyler webber permalink
    January 30, 2012 3:19 pm

    Dr. Fujii stayed at Mr. Okuma’s summer house and waited for his injuries to get better and heal up. Once they healed, he got up and started helping people again.

    Father Kleinsorge stored his remaining money in the Yokohama bank. He taveled by foot and started to get very tired, so he stopped at the Novitiate and discovered that the cuts he had thought to be very minor, had become swollen.

    Mrs. Nakamura stayed in Kabe with her sister-in-law. When she went to Novitate she and her daughter began to feel very ill and her hair began to fall out. Though, her other son and daughter felt completely fine.

    Dr. Sasaki was obsessed with trying to figure out this strange disease’s cure and if there was more than one step to the disease. The biggest problem was that he had no tools to try and help anyone.

    Miss Sasaki was totally destroyed. Her tibia was fractured, she had strange bumps on her skin, and she had a fever. On the bright side, her head, throat, eyeballs, heart, and lungs were going to be okay.

    Rev.Tanimoto was trying to find a way to plan out funerals even though he himself was sick and had a fever of 104 degrees!

    Although the book explains that they are lucky, I would say that they are but they aren’t.
    I would say this because they are lucky to still be alive and have some family that is still alive. They are also unlucky though, they should not have had to go through that rough of an attack and still have to live through all of the suffering and pain of healing back up.

    • Jessica Shewin permalink
      February 5, 2012 9:15 pm

      I agree that they are lucky and also UNlucky. They lost loved ones, but they could live on in their place.

  5. Shane Chetney permalink
    January 30, 2012 3:43 pm

    Dr. Fuji is at Mr. Okumas summer home. He did this until his wounds healed and then he went back to helping others

    Father Kleinsorgeis going to Novitate and on the way he stopped to put his money in the Yokohama bank. And his minor cuts are now swollen.

    Mrs. Nakamura stayed in Kabe with her sister-in-law when she went to the Novitiate. Mrs Nakamura’s hair began to fall out and her and her daughter are becoming sick.

    Dr. Sasaki was trying to figure out a cure to the unknown disease but he didnt have the right supplies and tools to do it.

    Miss Sasaki is injured with a broken tibia. But every other important body part is working quite well

    Rev. Tanimoto has a 104 degree fever but is only worried about the planing of funerals

    I would say they are all lucky. They all survived the bomb and are alive. But the two doctors are luckier than the others. Everybody was injured, but the doctors were not even close to being as hurt as the other four people.

    • Blair Tuider permalink
      February 5, 2012 11:47 am

      Why would they be lucky? They are witnessing death everywhere, and almost everything they own is destroyed. I would not consider them luck at all, but it is a good thing they are alive but that’s not luck. It is where they were at the time, and what they were doing.

      • Kevin Wilson permalink
        February 5, 2012 2:22 pm

        i agree with you Blair however i don’t even think they are lucky to be alive because they are all sick in some way and if it causes them to die they will have a worse death.

  6. Ben Trouvais permalink
    February 4, 2012 1:28 pm

    1. Dr. Fuji stayed at Mr. Okuma’s summer house. He stayed there untill his wounds had cleared up. After he felt better, Dr. Fuji went back out and began to continue helping the survivors.
    2. Father Kleinsorge stored all the money he had left in the Yokahama bank. He then began to travel by foot. He became tired and stopped at Novitate where he found that his cuts he thought were, “minor” had become swollen and turned bad.
    3. Mrs. Nakamura and her daughter stayed in Kabe with her sister-in law. She had then noticed that her hair began to fall out. Her daughter and herself became sick not too long later.
    4. Dr. Sasaki’s time was completely taken up by trying to figure out how to cure the mystery disease that had been plaguing the people. This was very difficult to do, however, because most of his tools and medical equipment were destroyed.
    5. Miss Sasaki’s tibia is broken, she has a fever, and she had strange bumps on her skin. However, most other parts of her body that wpuld normally be effected by nuclear radiation are alright.
    6. Rev. Tanimoto still continued with his job, and tried to figure out how to plan the funerals for all those people who had died. He was doing this instead of resting with a 104 degree fever.
    I would say that nobody is actually lucky. When I think lucky, in a situation like this, I think of someone who walks away unscathed. All of the characters in the book have one injury or another. That said, however, the characters are much more lucky than some of the others in the book who had lost their families or even their lives.

    • Mark Burjek permalink
      February 5, 2012 6:01 pm

      It’s true that the survivors are lucky to have survived, but they are injured, which doesn’t make the situation better.

    • Elise Vice permalink
      March 1, 2012 7:39 pm

      I think they are extremely lucky. So what if you’re injured? You still survived what many people couldn’t.

  7. Blair Tuider permalink
    February 5, 2012 11:44 am

    1- Dr. Fuji stayed at Mr. Okuma summer home to rest and heal up. After everything was healed he went back out to help survivors.
    2- Father Kleinsorge went and stored all of the remaining money he had left in the Yokahama Bank, which was half destroyed. Then he traveled by foot and then realized that the small cuts he got that he thought were minor started to swell.
    3- Mrs. Nakamura went to Kabe to stay with her sister-in-law. Her hair began to fall out and then her and her daughter got sick a short while later.
    4- Dr. Sasaki was trying to figure out a cure the strange disease everyone was coming down with. It made it difficult because his tools were destroyed.
    5- Miss Sasaki broke her tibia and had a weird skin reaction where she had tons of bumps. But every important body part was not harmed by the radiation.
    6- Reverend Tanimoto was busy planning funerals for those who died. He had a 104 degree fever and didn’t rest for it.
    I would not consider the six people the lucky ones because they were hurt and have death and destruction all around them. They all survived, but loved ones died they have injuries and they are witnessing traumatic events.

    • Mark Burjek permalink
      February 5, 2012 6:17 pm

      I know how it feels to lose loved ones, and it is definitely not a “lucky” situation. Therefore, I agree when you say that it is unlucky.

      • Yazmine Thomas permalink
        February 12, 2012 1:08 pm

        It really depends on what luck means to you luck can mean just being alive or it can mean winning the lotto and not even having to care about what happened

    • Jessica Shewin permalink
      February 5, 2012 9:09 pm

      But even though they lost their loved ones, their loved ones will want them to stride on for them, which makes them lucky because they have the ability to live on in life.

  8. Mark Burjek permalink
    February 5, 2012 1:29 pm

    All the characters really are not doing great after the bombing. Mr. Fuji is currently staying at Mr. Okuma’s summer home. He stayed until his cuts and wounds healed, and when he was in a better state, he went out and helped the other survivors. Father Kleinsorge takes all the money he has left and stores it in the bank for safe keeping. Then he took off on foot, and when he was too tired to continue, he stopped at Novitate. There he realized that his wounds were much worse than he’d expected. Mrs. Nakumara stayed with her sister-in-law in Kabe. Her hair started falling out, her daughter was sick, and she really was just not in good a shape. Dr. Sasaki tried to figure out the cure to the plague, which was affecting many people. He didn’t have much equipment to do it with, so he was kind of out of luck. Miss Sasaki has a broken bone, a fever, and strange bumps all over her skin. But besides that, she’s doing just fine. Reverend Tanimoto kept up with his job and life, even though he had a bad fever. He also planned funerals for all who had died. Really, the survivors are kind of the “lucky ones”, but no too much. Yeah, they’re lucky to be alive, but their lives kind of suck at the moment. Nobody wants to die, but for them living isn’t much better.

    • Hannah Schram permalink
      February 5, 2012 8:07 pm

      I agree that although the survivors are still alive, their lives still suck. They have to live with all the pain and suffering as others just died quickly with no pain.

      • Nate Zurawski permalink
        February 19, 2012 5:50 pm

        This is all true, but the survived and they were more healthy than all of the other people that died a little bit later. And they didn’t die for a while.

  9. Kevin Wilson permalink
    February 5, 2012 2:19 pm

    Dr. Fuji lived at Mr. Okumas summer home, until he healed. when he healed he went back to helping others.

    Father Kleinsorge stored all his money he had left in the Yokahama bank. then began to travel by foot till he got to Novitate. here he noticed his cuts had gotten swollen and were getting bad.

    Mrs. Nakamura and her daughter stayed at her sister-in law’s house. she noticed her hair started to fall out and then her and her daughter started to get sick.

    Dr. Sasaki was trying to figure out how to cure the disease that had been plaguing the people. this was extremely difficult for him because most of his equipment was destroyed.

    Miss Sasaki has a fever strange bumps and she broke her tibia.

    Rev. Tanimoto had a 104 degrees fever and was still trying to do his job. trying to plane funerals for people who had died.

    i wouldn’t call them lucky because they all are ether injured or sick from radiation poisoning.

  10. Kevin Wilson permalink
    February 5, 2012 2:22 pm

    i agree with you Blair however i don’t even think they are lucky to be alive because they are all sick in some way and if it causes them to die they will have a worse death.

    • Nailah permalink
      February 8, 2012 4:14 pm

      Yess i agree kevin but at the end of the day would you rather be dead of have some injuries and be ill? Once you’re dead you don’t come back you’re gone!!!

      • Yazmine Thomas permalink
        February 12, 2012 1:05 pm

        I agree its a blessing to even be alive almost over 140,000 people died

      • Alyssa Gue permalink
        February 24, 2012 6:57 pm

        True Nailah, but then you know the end is coming for you if you survived. you just have to go through more pain to get there.

  11. Kevin Wilson permalink
    February 5, 2012 2:24 pm

    this comment above this was not suppose to be there.

  12. Hannah Schram permalink
    February 5, 2012 8:05 pm

    A year after the tragic bombing on Hiroshima, all six of the Japanese survivors were doing very well as others weren’t:

    Dr.Fujii stayed at Mr. Okuma’s summer house to heal up and recover from the bombing so he could continue helping others again.

    Father Kleinsorge stored the money that he was left with in the Yokahama bank and then started traveling by foot. As soon as he stopped at Novitate, he discovered that his small cuts have gotten swollen and worse than they were.

    Mrs. Nakamura and her sister-in-law stayed in Kabe and when she went to Novitate, her ahir started to fall out. Soon later, her and her daughter became very sick.

    Dr. Sasaki was so interested in trying to find a cure to a mysterious disease that everybody was coming down with which was difficult because many of his tools and equipment was destroyed.

    Rev.Tanimoto, on the other hand, continued on with his job and was busy planning out funerals for those who have died. Although resting was the best for him since he came down with a 104 degree fever, he ignored the idea.

    In my perspective, I wouldn’t consider the survivors as the lucky ones. Although they survived through the bombing, they had to continue living through suffering through not only the pain of lost families and friends, but also the long term affects of the bombing. Many of them got sick, came down with fevers, and got swollen cuts. For others who died immediately, they didnt have to go through as much pain as the others. Overall, nobody was really “lucky” during the bombing in Hiroshima.

    • jackie permalink
      February 12, 2012 4:59 pm

      the events in the chapter very from the time after the bomb, but go a far as a year. The beginning made it seem that this was what happened a year later for all of them.

    • Alyssa Gue permalink
      February 24, 2012 6:56 pm

      I agree with you Han, they werent “lucky” they just had to suffer longer.

  13. Jessica Shewin permalink
    February 5, 2012 9:06 pm

    1. Father Kleinsorge wandered around as he traveled to the Novitiate, even though he had wounds that weren’t completely healed. He vistied a bank called “Yokohama Bank,” though there was only a stall left, where he deposited money and left to the Novitiate. After staying there for a few days, a rector who looked at Kleinsorge’s wounds said that they have become worse.
    2. Mrs. Nakamura, a guest of Father Kleinsorge, noticed she and her daughter had weird symptons – loss of hair and feeling ill – of a sickness they were unknown of. Her other children were perfectly fine, though they went through the same experience of before and after the bombing. Mrs. Nakamura and her daughter stayed in bed for the rest of the time.
    3. Rev. Tanimoto was bedridden because he was also feeling ill. He doesn’t stay in bed for long, since he gets back up and makes funeral homes for those who have died.
    4. Miss Sasaki, with a compound in her left leg, was moved a few times before people finally looked at her. She found out her left tibia was broken, but everything else was okay.
    5. Dr. Sasaki, who helped Miss Sasaki in the hospital, was trying to figure out the disease that many people had.
    6. Dr. Fujii was now in Fukawa at Mr. Okuma’s summer house, where he let his wounds “make good progress”. After they were healed, he helped refugees who asked for assistance.
    I believe they are the lucky ones. Though they feel depression and think “why did I surive?” they should think on how many people that they are saving and the purposes they have on surviving. I believe that they MUST live so they could live on for the others who didn’t. It’s hard since some were their loved ones, but, they should know that their loved ones want them to live on.

    • Elise Vice permalink
      March 1, 2012 7:43 pm

      I agree with you on what you said, that they should live on for the one’s who didn’t. That’s a really good way of putting it, too.

  14. Tyler Pearson permalink
    February 6, 2012 3:45 pm

    1. Father Klensorge wandered while heading to Novitiate, thogh his wounds were not healed. He then visited the ruins od a bank to deposit some money, though it made his wounds worse.
    2. Mrs. Nakamura and her daughter were then experiencin symptoms of radiation poisoning as a guest of Father Klensorge, though no one knows what it is yet, her other daughters have already been cured.
    3.Rev. Tanimoto is also experiencing the same symptoms, but he got up to visit some families in funeral homes to comfort them.
    4. Ms. Sasaki was discovered to have a broken tibia as a compound after being moved around alot, but had no other injuries on her body.
    5.Dr. Sasaki helped his wife with her injury while trying to put a name on the disease.
    6. Dr. Fujii let his wounds wunds make good progress. After they healed fully, he helped some refugees.
    I beleive that they are lucky. Though they had a lot of difficulties when it came to overcoming depression and numerous other things, they were extremely lucky to even survive the destructive force of the Atom bomb. I would’ve felt like a million bucks if i survived something like that.

    • February 12, 2012 5:21 pm

      I agree with you wholeheartedly Tyler. Being one of the few that got to carry on their lives would have made me feel like I was lucky.

  15. Bobby cortesi permalink
    February 6, 2012 8:18 pm

    1. Father Klensorge was taking his papier -mache suitcase that held yen from the society of jesus to the Hiroshima branch of Yokohama Specie Bank. Also the doctor told him that his wounds were to heal in a 3-4 day period but even after 12 day they are not and have become swollen and inflamed making him seem weak and dizzy.
    2. Mrs. Nakamura and her daughter suffer from radiation poisoning and their hair begins to fall out all by it self. Also they begin to feel feverish and weak but none of these symptoms were experienced by her son and other daughter.
    3. Mr. tanimoto also experiences symptoms of radiation sickness such as weakness, malaise, and feverish while trying to live in his half-wreaked home. Later he was sent to a hospital in tokyo
    4. Ms. Sasaki had a fracture in her lower left leg that began to swell more and more. She was moved multiple times and was given stories to read but was unable to concentrate. she was given special treatment because her last name is Sasaki and Dr. Sasaki is her husband.
    5. Dr. Sasaki helps his wife and trys to figure the illness everyone has been coming down with and how to cure it.
    6. Dr. Fuji lets his wounds heal up and continues to help the wounded and refugees.

  16. Nailah permalink
    February 8, 2012 4:11 pm

    Father Klensorge stored money in the Yokohama bank and he started on foot. His wounds were investigated by a doctor and said were to heal in a short period of time but after about 2 weeks became swollen and enlarged. He began to have symptoms because of his scars.

    Dr.fuji continued to let his scars healed as he tended to the helpless and refugees.

    Dr.Sasaki tends to his wife and furthers what he knows about the illness everyone has inherited, trying to cure it.

    Mrs.Nakakmura and her daughter come down with radiation poisoning and are experiencing some sypmtoms that her other two children have not gotten.

    Mr.Tanimotto also had radiation poison and was bedridden for a short period of time before he went to the funeral homes to pay his respects.

    Ms.Sasaki was moved from place to place before she was examined and was found with a broken tibia, though the rest of her body seemed to be ok.

    i believe that all six of them were luck just to be alive. Ithers lost their lives and they’re alive with injuries and illnesses, which would you rather have? If you’re dead you don’t come back, so they were definately lucky.

    • jackie permalink
      February 12, 2012 4:57 pm

      I think that if i were to choose, a quick death is more appealing than a slightly longer life filled with pain from the radiation and the sorrow from the loss of my loved ones. so i find your statement that they were lucky to be alive in the first place disagreeable. Death can be seen in two ways, the end of suffering, or a loss. This depends on if you are the one who died, or the one left behind.

    • Ebony Alvarado permalink
      February 19, 2012 10:04 pm

      i disagree with u on your opinion if they were lucky or not, they still have to live with the pain somehow, and they have to suffer through injuries and illness, if it were my choice as them i would rather not suffer, and have a quick death as to what jackie said, than suffrage.

  17. Yazmine Thomas permalink
    February 12, 2012 1:03 pm

    1)Dr.Fujii stayed at Mr. Okuma’s summer house to heal up and recover from the bombing so he could continue helping others again.

    2)Father Kleinsorge went and stored all of the remaining money he had left in the Yokahama Bank, which was basically destroyed.And his minor cuts are now swollen

    3)Rev. Tanimoto was bedridden because he was ill.He also planned a lot of funerals .

    4)Dr. Sasaki helps his wife and is now trying to find a cure to illness everyone has inherited.

    5) Mrs. Nakamura and her daughter stayed at her sister-in law’s house and her daughter come down with radiation poisoning .

    6)Ms. Sasaki had a fracture in her lower left leg that began to swell more and more.

    I feel that they are all the lucky ones to even be alive it really depends on what your definition of luck is.

    • Ebony Alvarado permalink
      February 19, 2012 10:05 pm

      since you consider them to be lucky, would you rather die a quick death, or live on with suffrage and pain as to they did??

  18. jackie permalink
    February 12, 2012 4:53 pm

    Dr. Fuji) stayed for a short time a the summer home of Mr. Okuma to recover, but the home was swept away by a typhoon that hit about a week or so after the bomb.
    Ms. Sasaki) Moved between different areas due to the legs refusal to stop swelling, saw the ruins of Hiroshima and all of the wild flowers that were in bloom despite the bomb.
    rev Tanimoto) Shows a fever of 104 and is showing mild radiation signs. He then proceeded to take a month to rest and recover with a nurse and his mother periodically visiting him.
    father Kleinsorge) showing bad signs from the radiation, has bad motor skills and cuts that are growing worse when they should heal in only a short amount of time.
    Dr. Sasaki) Forced to work furiously in order to keep up with the lack of staff and constant flow of the sick and injured at the red cross. He and his colleagues at the hospital are noticing the radiations affect on people, even those who were not injured in the bomb. They found that there were three stages that the radiation caused, and began to try and help by using the same procedures for those exposed to too much x-ray.
    Mrs. Nakamura) Staying at her sister-in-law’s has lost all of her hair and her and her daughter, as well as others, are having the first affects show from the radiation that they were subject to during the bomb.
    Though these six were able to survive, they also had to suffer though the after affects of both loneliness and radiation. To call them “The Lucky Ones” is somewhat cruel in my view.

    • February 12, 2012 5:20 pm

      I think that even thoug they suffered, they still got to carry out the rest of their lives. I’d rather suffer for a short period of time and live a long life than die instantly at 13 years old.

  19. February 12, 2012 5:17 pm

    1. Father Kleinsorge deposited the Yen that he had in his suitcase at the Yokohama Specie Bank. He set out for the Novitiate but suddenly began to feel very weak. His wounds later reopened and he got a fever of 102.2 He was taken to Tokyo where he was observed closely. He was dicharged from the hospital, but later got weak again.
    2. Miss Sasaki had a nasty fracture in her leg. The doctors could not set it, so it grew back strangely. She still managed to get through it though.
    3. Dr. Fujii let his wounds heal up. He still continues to help the survivors of the blast. He set up a new office where an old one once stood.
    4. Mrs. Nakamura stayed with her sister-in-law in Kabe. While she was brusing her hair, it started to fall out. A few hours later, her daughter became very ill. They very slowly got better with only rest and no doctor.
    5. Rev. Tanimoto had a fever of 104. He rested for a few months, and then got back to work.
    6. Dr. Sasaki was trying to find a cure for this curious disease. They figured out the symptoms and phases to a T. He finally got married in March.
    I think that the word lucky is relative. If you were the only survior in a POW camp, then you would be lucky. If you won a million dollars, you would be lucky. Seeing as how there were so few survivors, I think that these people are the luck ones.

  20. Meghan permalink
    February 19, 2012 11:06 am

    1. Miss. Sasaki broke her tibia and the challenge to be able to set it correctly, made the recovery kind of strange. She also started getting this weird bumps.
    2. Dr. Sasaki tried finding a cure for the illness everyone is getting, along with his wife.
    3. Dr. Fuji is at Mr. Okumas summer home recovering from his wounds from the disaster. After he is fully healed, he is going to help some other people.
    4.Rev. Tanimoto had a serious fever reaching 104, and instead of resting as much as he should, he kept doing his job planning funerals.
    5. Mrs. Nakamura and her daughter stayed at her sister-in-laws house and the radiation is getting to both of them. Their hair is starting to fall out and her daughter is experiencing radiation poisoning.
    6. Father Kleinsorge was traveling on foot while still not being fully recovered. He started to feel ill from the radiation and his wounds opened again. He was taken to Tokyo.
    In a way, they are the lucky ones, but at the same time they are not. They have death and illness, and destruction all around them. They still have their lives though.

  21. Drew Burjek permalink
    February 19, 2012 12:32 pm

    Dr. Fuji Continued to heal up as well as helped others that were hurt.

    Mrs. Nakamura stayed with her sister-in-law Kabe. Soon, Mrs. Nakamura and her daughter developed radiation poisoning, and Mrs. Nakamura started to lose her hair.

    Dr. Sasaki was trying to find a cure to the disease that was plaguing everyone. This was difficult because his tools were mostly destroyed.

    Miss Sasaki fractured her tibia and her leg continued to swell. Otherwise, the rest of the parts of her body that most people hurt, were fine, except strange bumps on her skin.

    Father Kleinsorge stored his money in Yokohama bank for safe keeping, then he traveled to Novitate on foot. When he got there he realized the cuts he had gotten started to get big and swollen.

    Reverend Tanimoto had gotten radiation poisoning and was bedridden. Even with a fever of 104, He only worried about planning funerals.

    I have to say, the book was wrong by saying they were the lucky ones. Not one person there was lucky. Each one of them are very injured or sick. But, unlike other people, they still have there families and money.

    • Nate Zurawski permalink
      February 19, 2012 5:53 pm

      I feel terrible for Reverend Tanimoto being terribly ill and still having to work his job 24/7.

    • April 2, 2012 12:55 pm

      Not everyone still has their families. Some people lost family memebers beccaues of the bomb.

  22. Ebony Alvarado permalink
    February 19, 2012 10:01 pm

    1) Dr.Sasaki was trying to solve/find a cure for the disease that was causing people to die, but it was a difficult task , since his tools were destroyed .
    2) Father Kleinsorge had stored his money in the yokohama bank, for safe keeping, and then had traceled on foot to novitate.
    3) Dr. Fuji had continued to heal up as well, and had helped others that were also in need of help.
    4) Reverend Tanimoto had recived radiation poisoning and was bedridden, and had only worried for planning funerals. even with a fever of 104
    5) Miss Sasaki had fractured a tibia, and her leg had continuously swelled up. and had strange bodily bumps on the skin .
    6) Mrs. Nakamura had stayed with her sister in law kabe. then Mrs. nakumara and her daughter developed radiation poisoning also, and started to lose her hair.

    i don’t think they were lucky at all, even thought they had lived , they are still sick, and or in pain somehow. their is so much destruction, and illness around them, that they wouldn’t be considered lucky. yes they still have their lives, but they still have to live with the pain inside of them, what their illness or injuries might so to them later in life.

    • Lyssette Bedolla permalink
      March 27, 2012 5:21 pm

      I see this as a win/lose situation. its ethier you die now and suffer less or you die later and suffer more. thats a tough choice.

      • April 2, 2012 12:54 pm

        That’s true. But then you’ll have the small percentage of people who will make it threw the whole thing and live past the others.

  23. Alyssa Gue permalink
    February 24, 2012 6:55 pm

    1) Dr.Sasaki was trying to gind a cures for the diseases that were causing many to die, with difficulty.
    2) Father Kleinsorge traveled on foot, though he was not fully healed.
    3) Dr. Fuji had continued to heal, and had helped others that needed it.
    4) Reverend Tanimoto had gotten radiation poisoning.
    5) Miss Sasaki had fractured her tibia, causing swelling
    6) Mrs. Nakamura and her daughter developed radiation poisoning and she lost her hair.
    Honestly, it is much like what i would have believed 9/11 to be like. you either die slowly, or you end it quickly. So no, i do not believe they were lucky, they just had to suffer longer. granted, they’re still living, but they are in pain constantly.

    • Lyssette Bedolla permalink
      March 27, 2012 5:20 pm

      I never thought of 9/11 alyssa. that is a pretty good analogie to describe this situation.

    • Kamil Czaplinski permalink
      March 28, 2012 12:45 am

      I like the comparison between the bombing and 9/11, even though the bombing had a much larger impact on the whole world in general because, especially to Americans, 9/11 was a complete catastrophe. People thought it would be the end of the world even. That must be exactly how the Japanese felt when we bombed them.

  24. Persephone Allee permalink
    February 24, 2012 8:54 pm

    Father Kleinsorge- He felt all right until he suddenly he fell ill and, after 3 days, was seen by a doctor. Apparently, his wounds were had gotten worse and was sent to the Catholic International Hospital. After a dim forecast, Father Kleinsorge got better. A similar incident happened just a few months later. A year after, he was in the hospital.

    Mrs. Nakamura- She stayed in her sister-in-law’s home and, as well as her daughter, fell ill with radiation sickness. She asked her brother-in-law to seek out her sewing machine but learned it was unusable. They got better and moved out using money from the bank. Money soon became tight and they needed financial help. A year later she was “destitute”

    Mr. Tanimoto- He was struck with radiation sickness and stayed with a friend. His parents brought him food and rested for about 2 months. Mr. Tanimoto saw Father Kleinsorge often and envied their grand church. He, with some help, made a chapel and eventually constructed a 3-story mission house. A year later, his initial church was ruined.

    Miss Sasaki- She was moved 3 times and ended up at the end of August at an engineering school. She was taken to Red Cross Hospital and, under the care of Dr. Sasaki, was treated. Miss Sasaki grew weaker and her spirits fell low causing her to talk with Father Kleinsorge many times. Her bones mended without being set so her left leg was 3 inches shorter than her right. A year later, she was a cripple.

    Dr. Sasaki- He was sleep deprived, malnourished, and still wore the nurse’s glasses. He ended up having Miss Sasaki as a patient. Many of his patients had similar symptoms, specifically the spot hemorrhaging, and these carefully and learned much about radiation sickness. He was the only surgeon on staff for 4 months. He married in March. A year later, he was never able to do the same work he once did.

    Dr. Fujii- He was forced to move into a peasant’s house in the mountains after a typhoon flooded his home. His injuries got better and began treating refugees and saw odd symptoms. Dr. Fujii bought a vacant clinic where he moved and created a strong business. He encountered Father Kleinsorge on a train, and had a conversation. A year later, he was without his previous 30 room hospital.

    The question following, whether or not they were the “lucky ones”, I found obvious. No one stuck in this drastic situation could be called lucky. Not only did this experience leave all of the 6 victims we saw with physical scars, but they also suffered through the emotional gashes. Radiation sickness was a common theme in most of them and if they didn’t have that, they were beat up in some other way. I’m sure all of them lost someone that was dear to them. I’m sure all of them will be extremely cautious for the years afterward. This trauma will probably never leave them.

    • Kamil Czaplinski permalink
      March 28, 2012 12:42 am

      This trauma will never leave them and it is just a bit worse than the people who fought in Europe. People will never forget something like this, considering how everybody was effected in one way or another by the bombing.

  25. Lyssette Bedolla permalink
    March 27, 2012 5:15 pm

    1.) Dr. Fuji was staying in Mr. Okuma’s summer house, here his injuries started to slowly heal. After everything was healed he went back out to help survivors.
    2.) Father Kleinsorge put all of his remaining money in the half destroyed Yokohama Bank. then began to travel by foot till he got to Novitate. here he noticed his minor cuts had gotten swollen and were getting bad.
    3.) Mrs. Nakamura stayed in Kabe with her sister-in-law. when she went to the Novitiate she and her daughter began to feel very ill and her hair began to fall out, but her other children the other daughter and son felt perfectly fine
    4.) Dr Sasaki was busy trying to figure out the stages and a cure of the unknown disease. The problem with this was that he had little to no tools to help anyone at all.
    5.) Miss Sasaki fracturedher tibia the doctors could not set it, so it grew back strangely, her skin had mysterious bumps on it, and had a fever, but her head, throat, heart, eyes, and lungs were normal.
    6.) Rev.Tanimoto was trying to find a way to plan out funerals even though he himself was sick and had a fever of 104 degrees.
    7.) Even though they were the “lucky” ones for survivng the bomb. They are all still suffering the effects of the bomb. unlike others who are dead and don’t have to suffer no more. excluding the physical pain that may or may not recover, the emotional pain will always be there that will never go away not even in dreams there is always nightmares.

  26. Kamil Czaplinski permalink
    March 28, 2012 12:40 am

    Dr. Fujii went over to Mr. Okuma’s summer house to just stay there and heal up from all of his wounds and emotions going through him. After all of that, he proceeded to still help those in need.
    Father Kleinsorge put the rest of his money that he had in the Yokohama Bank and continued to travel on foot. During his travels, he had major pains and realized that his little scratches and bruises turned into a really bad leg injury.
    Mrs. Nakamura stayed with her sister-in-law’s house. Soon, both her and her daughter had gotten radiation sickness and felt really weak all due to the bomb.
    Dr. Sasaki used his own wife as a test subject to try and find a cure for the radiation sickness. He eventually figured out a little bit more about the radiation. He soon got married in March.
    Miss Sasaki was put in a Red Cross hospital and got cured by her own husband. Previously, none of her doctors noticed that she had a broken tibia. The bones grew back together, but not how they should have. Shortly after she became a cripple.
    Reverend Tanimoto was struck with radiation poisoning and a fever. He still wanted to plan out funerals for everyone who has died from the bombing.
    I think nobody was really “lucky” because everybody was injured either physically or mentally, and some people even both. These six survivors were just fortunate to be in the right time, place and position that they ended up surviving. The only “lucky” ones in this situation are the people that weren’t even involved in the war.

  27. April 2, 2012 12:49 pm

    Dr. Fuji continues to recover and help others out who were in pain
    Miss Sasaki has a fracture in her tibia and it’s swelling. Also, she’s getting bumps on skins.
    Dr. Sasaki is surrouned by death, he’s trying to get cures or illnesses killing everyone.
    Reverend Tanimoto has radiation poisoning really bad.
    Mrs. Nakamura starts losing her hair because she and her daughter developed ratiation poisoning.
    Father Kleinsorge is going to Novitate on foot. He doesn’t relize that wasn’t fully healed and now the cuts are getting bigger and swollen.
    I don’t think any of these people were really the lucky ones. So what they could of died all ready. They’re slowly dieing, which is more painful than being dead in the 1st. Though, unlike the other people, they still could have a fighting chance.

  28. Elise Vice permalink
    April 9, 2012 8:55 pm

    1.)Dr. Fuji is staying at Mr. Okuma’s summer house to heal, but then continued to help those in need.
    2.)Dr. Sasaki is attempting to find a cure for an unknown disease, even using his wife as a test subject.
    3.) Father Kleinsorge put the money he had in the remainder of a bank and traveled on foot to Novitate.
    4.)Miss Sasaki has a fracture in her tibia that had swollen, and she was starting to get bumps on her skin.
    5.)Mrs. Nakamura ends up losing her hair due to radiation poisoning her and her daughter suffer from.
    6.) Reverend Tanimoto wants to plan funerals for people who died, but has horrible radiation poisoning.
    If you really think about it, it’s hard to decide whether no one is lucky, or everyone who survived is lucky. The survivors lost everything but their lives, it would be hard to go on with that little.You may argue that ‘at least they didn’t die’ well, if they did, they wouldn’t really have to suffer the pain of losing loved ones and possessions. It’s all a matter of opinion.

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