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 cans to survive in Japan’s family-centric society. I was a reminder that Japan lost the War, and I grew up in an atmosphere of contempt, shame and guilt, fighting an icy society that shunned me, a fatherless child. A proud Number One Son of a samurai family, I vowed to avenge the death of my Father and I came to America to fulfill that vow.

My path from the ravaged landscape of Hiroshima to the present has been long, difficult, and shaped by conflict. Yet today, I express my love and gratitude for two countries that both nurtured and wounded me. How could this happen? Did a miracle take place?

My life story demonstrates how a heart twisted by hatred and revenge can be transformed to a path of peaceful wisdom and the essential work of healing human hearts. I survived by my father teachings, the codes of the Samurai. He taught me to know and be true to myself, and to live my life for the benefit of others.

What code do you live by?
Do you, or have you ever considered, living your life for the benefit of others?

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39 Responses to Surviving and Living for Others

  1. Cynthia Long says:

    TT, wonderful to see your website up and running! Now you can reach the world! The message, do you know yourself? Does it take something like what you’ve endured to truly know oneself? Most times, it seems to take something quite challenging for those to wakeup! Can your story and message help those to realize who they really are? I’m sure you’ve touched many hearts along the way! And more to come with this new platform! To be of service, truly is a jump in consciousness. Humanity is at a crucial crossroad as we head for 2012 and beyond! To be of service, will be part of everyone’s life, I believe!

    Abundant blessings,

    Cynthia

  2. Ann Rojas-Cheatham says:

    Hi Mr. Tanemori,

    It was a pleasure and an honor to meet you today at the event for Japan. I am inspired by your messages on this site and I plan to read your book with my kids. Thank you!!

    Ann Rojas-Cheatham

    • Dear Ann,

      How delightful it was to join you at the special Tibetan fundraising event for the Japanese. Seeing you and a number of others again, and meeting new people is truly a blessing. Thank you for inviting me to share my heartbeat. As I joined you, my heart saw clearly how wonderful you are — your heartbeat and caring heart cannot be measured and it is the Creator (my God), in whom I have faith, who will honor you.

      More on a personal note: I thank you for your energy and to read the book, HIROSHIMA: Bridge to Forgiveness with your children. They will find the book not only challenging, blessing and inspirational, but it will help them to find the WAY OF PEACE, THE WAY TO LIVE AND THE WAY OF SERVICE, as “samurai”, a servant living for the benefit of others to truly lead the world towards being a safer, more peaceful place. I will be happy to autograph the book for you and to offer a “peace-crane” book marker.

      Ann, thank you again for your heartbeat and for the blessing you are. We are all together in finding the way to serve others!

      FORGIVENESS
      is the ultimate expression of love; it defines the relationship between the Divine Creator (GOD) and sustains all human relationships.

      FORGIVENESS
      is the greatest energy in shifting the world toward global peace! “No Matter What, We can Choose to Forgive”

      –Takashi Tanemori, a Survivor of Hiroshima, August 6, 1945

      http://www.hiroshima-forgiveness-tanemori.com

  3. Ruth Atkinson says:

    Tom,
    Do you remember me? I am your neighbor from long ago. I have been wondering about you for years and recently viewed the National Geographic DVD on Hiroshima never dreaming I would see you in it. I would be so happy to hear from you.
    God Bless.

  4. Takashi’s Healing Soup

    Takashi Tanemori was eight years old when the atomic bomb was detonated over the city of Hiroshima, .7 of a mile from his school. He lives to tell the story of his experience. Although he has lost his stomach to cancer, and almost his total eyesight, he lives a healthy productive life, due, in part, to this healing soup. This recipe may likewise be helpful to those who have had exposure to radiation.

    Onion
    Shitake Mushrooms
    Cooking Oil for Sautéing
    Kombu Seaweed – 2 sticks
    Fresh Green Leafy Vegetables – Chard – Kale – Spinach
    Cilantro
    Garlic
    White Miso

    Cut and sauté the Onion in Oil. Add cut Shitake Mushrooms. Soak Kombu Seaweed and cut into small pieces. Add the Shitake and Onion and Kombu to the soaking water and cook for 10 – 20 minutes. Just before you are ready to serve, cut the Green Leafy Vegetables, Cilantro and Garlic and boil for around 5 minutes in the broth. In a separate serving bowl, mix a large tablespoon of White Miso with some of the broth until it is smooth, and then add the rest of the soup and stir. Enjoy.

    One should never boil Miso, because it is an active culture, which is why the Miso is added in the serving dish. The unused portion of the soup can then be saved and frozen if desired and more fresh Greens and Cilantro can be added each time it is cooked, with Miso added at the end.

    Thank you Takashi for sharing this recipe with me. This soup has helped many people who have undergone radiation treatment.

    Blessings and peace,
    Shannyn Sollitt

    • Dear Shannyn,

      Your email brought back memories of the First Light World Peace tour in 1999. Having received your email, I can assume that you are doing well and in good health. Take good care of yourself and may His blessings be continued for your life mission.

      How I appreciate you for sharing Takashi’s “Healing” Soup. It is a good recipe and I trust many folks, even in Japan, may use it, especially those concerned about their health due to the Fukushima Nuclear Power Plant situation.

      Thanks Again, Shannyn for visiting our website.

      Takashi Thomas Takemori

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  12. Theresa Brock says:

    Mr. Tanemori: I am so happy to learn of your blog and web information. Your story is making an impact on people now, but I want you to know that you made an impact on me as a 16 year old high school student in NW Indiana. I have often told people your story. I learned a lot from you. Your compassion and principles impressed me then and I am not surprised that you continue to touch others with your story of forgiveness. Theresa Brock

    • Dear Teresa,

      Your response to our blog fills me with such gratitude and joy that it is difficult to convey my heart! I am so delighted that you have taken the time to “browse” through the internet, and would like to know how you found us. I want you to know how delighted I am to hear from you and to feel your heartbeat, for your brief response is very precious to me. Thank you for telling “my story—the spirit and the message” to your peers—students. It is most encouraging to me to hear from someone like you, Teresa, whose caring heart is so tender and loving. Arigato, I thank you so much!

      YES! It was my Daddy who instilled in me the seven codes of samurai—“Urban Samurai”, the principles and ethical truth that helped me NOT ONLY TO SURVIVE, but allowed me to live an empowered life, even though I often faltered! I knew how to “get-up and go”, as “daruma no nana korobi-yaoki” (no matter how many times you fall, once again you “get-up”) and continue to follow the light of my “heart”!

      If you wish to know more about seven codes of samurai—“URBAN SAMURAI” (ow to live an empowered life, no matter what), I welcome to write me via . I will be delighted to “work” with you and, in turn, you could help other students to follow their “heartbeat”!

      I would like to leave you with this challenge, as one of my Daddy’s ethical teaching that helped me so much in every giving situation that I encountered for these decades, both in attempting to rise out of atomic ashes and as an immigrant in America:

      Have you ever probed your heart and asked yourself the questions – -

      1. “WHAT COULD THE WORLD BE LIKE WITHOUT ME?” or

      2. “WHAT MATTERS TO ME THE MOST IN THE WORLD?”

      These questions have been asked in so many different ways for centuries; such as, “Where was I come from? What am I doing here? Where am I going, etc., and we have yet found the real answer especially in today’s precarious world conditions.

      One of my Daddy’s constant challenges was: “What would I do in a situation when there is no one “WATCHING” me make a decision? Would I honor my heart with truth regardless of the outcome or consequences”? It sounds like this is the test of true character, is it not?

      I look forward to hearing from you and hope someday I have privilege of meeting you in person… and, perhaps meeting your classmates?

      Takashi T. Tanemori
      Kaiko Heiwa Institute (We are re-naming from Silkwork Peace Institute)
      Takashi T. Tanemori, Founder
      Silkwormpi-usa@sbcglobal.net

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      Arigato & Omoiyari,

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  15. Peter DuMont says:

    Dear Mr. Tanemori-”Star,”

    It was great to bump into you and your faithful furry friend, again, this evening in Berkeley!

    Let me add to the chorus of thanks for your friendship, and your life’s commitment to forgiveness and public inspiration for all!

    As I said, I look forward to hosting you for a leisurely interview together on a renewed STAR ALLIANCE SHOW at Berkeley Community Media, and perhaps other stations in due time. It will be a fine “homecoming,” and a wonderful way to “Communicate, Cooperate, and Celebrate” in the spirit of good will and all the ethical ideals we share at the STAR ALLIANCE FOUNDATION FOR ALL!

    Most gratefully, Peter Bruce (DuMont)

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    Arigato,

    Takashi

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