Author Archives: Takashi Tanemori

Words of a survivor of Hiroshima (Fukushima/Shogi, Part One)

Before the city of Hiroshima turned into atomic ashes, I was a rambunctious little boy of age 8, clothed in a “blue kimono”. I often stood and watched as grown-ups played a Japanese chess game called “Shogi”. What fascinated me … Continue reading

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What the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant Fiasco has to do with the Japanese Shogi-Game (Japanese chess)

Having reached the Second Anniversary of Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plants fiasco, the recovery or restitution by Japanese Government and Fukushima Power Company are totally unacceptable. While I urge the Government to be transparent and forthright speedy recovery and restitution … Continue reading

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Is It Still “An Eye for an Eye” ?

Dear Secretary General: My name is Takashi Tanemori; and I am a survivor of Hiroshima.  My “Path” of Hiroshima taught me this most important lesson: Those who have lost the most in war are also the ones who have the … Continue reading

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Are We Progressing or Digressing?

I have been witnessing “chaotic” energies among the Japanese over the unresolved Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant fiasco caused by the March 2011 earthquake. How painful it is to see countless people being evacuated and some shuffled around many times … Continue reading

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KQED 2011 Asian Pacific American Heritage Heroes

Tanemori-san was one of four Asian-Americans in the Bay Area honored May 4, for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. He received a KQED “Local Heroes” award for his efforts to resolve conflict and promote peace. The event was recorded and … Continue reading

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Blooming Cherry Blossoms – Sign of New Life and Hope in Tohoku

Having emerged from the atomic bomb-ravaged landscape of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, I was awed by the magnitude of devastation in Japan’s Tohoku Region by the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami. They caused a cascade of catastrophe and … Continue reading

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Japan’s Quake, Tsunami, and Radiation Risk

How should we respond to a disaster? Sharing my heart, as a Survivor of Hiroshima, for the first time since the earthquake struck the Tohoku Region, followed by the Tsunami, I cried two mornings this past week watching the images … Continue reading

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Reminder for The Year of the Rabbit, 2011 – Live a Happy, Victorious Life

Would you be willing to stand — even alone — to be true to yourself, honoring your heart, in thought, words and action, regardless of consequence or outcome? Most Japanese make a pilgrimage to Shinto shrines or Buddhist temples on … Continue reading

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Surviving and Living for Others

Do you know yourself and can you live more truly to yourself? I am a survivor of Hiroshima. At the age of eight, I buried my Father, Mother and four other family members. As a war orphan, I searched garbage … Continue reading

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About the Bridge

The Bridge to Forgiveness represents a journey. The “conversion” (transformation) to forgiveness is individual…the human heart must change “one-at-a-time.” This wooden, rustic bridge, spanning from this-side to other-side of “the unknown,” is true image of “transformation” – where “forgiveness” would … Continue reading

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