The survivors of World War 2 (WW2) Atomic bomb attacks shared their stories at a recent civic reception.
The reception was held at Manchester town hall. At the reception, Midoru Yamada and Reiko Yamada shared their experiences of life in Japan following the atomic attacks.
The two women were directly affected by the 1945 Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings. Midori Yamada is from Hiroshima and Reiko Yamada is from Nagasaki.
Those in attendance included Deputy Lord Mayor of Manchester, Cllr Eddy Newman and pupils from Manley Park Primary School.
The reception also provided an opportunity to give an update on the progress of ‘Project G’. Project G is a Manchester City Council and Mayors for Peace initiative.
Gingko seeds from trees that survived the bombing of Hiroshima were presented to Manchester to be grown into trees. The 10 Ginko seeds gifted are currently growing in Dunham Massey National Trust estate.
Reiko and Midori are both known as Japanese ‘Hibakusha’. The term translates to ‘bomb affected people’ but generally means survivor. Both women – now in their 80’s – are currently touring the UK to share their stories. They also share messages of hope and peace.
Cllr Sue Murphy, Deputy Leader of Manchester City Council, said: “It’s important we hear testimony from survivors of the 1945 atomic attacks”.
“History can teach us vital lessons and stories like these should be never be forgotten”. It is believed that bringing these stories to light ensures that events such as these are not repeated.
Reiko and Midori also visited Dunham Massey as guests of the National Trust. They inspected the Gingko tree seedlings.
The trees will be planted in six Manchester primary schools and in a public space in the city centre.
The inspirational stories and the symbolic growth of the Ginko seeds send messages of hope and peace.