Tuesday, August 18, 2015

#230 / Denshosha

An article in the August 7, 2015 edition of The New York Times introduced me to the denshosha. Pictured is Hiromi Hasai, 84, a survivor of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, with Ritsuko Kinoshita, his "denshosha" - the official guardian and designated transmitter of his memories. 

Ms. Kinoshita is twenty-five years younger than Mr. Hasai. On many occasions, Ms. Kinoshita has heard Mr. Hasai tell his story of the day the bomb fell. When Mr. Hasai is no longer able to tell the story, Ms. Kinoshita will tell it for him. 

She will tell the story so the story will not be lost. 

We must never forget.

Image Credits:
(1) - http://www.straitstimes.com/files/st20150807xhiromi1580853jpg
(2) - http://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2015/08/photos-of-the-week-81-87/400799/

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