On this day in August…

5 Aug

◎ Forty-seven years ago today (1962 August 5), Marilyn Monroe died.
Did you know that in January 1954, she and baseball legend Joe DiMaggio traveled to Japan for their honeymoon?

◎ Tomorrow (August 6) is the 64th anniversary of the atomic bombing of 広島 (Hiroshima, Japan) by the U.S.
August 9th will be the 64th anniversary of the atomic bombing of 長崎 (Nagasaki, Japan).

Last year at this time, I wrote a post about the anniversary of this sad event that includes the last letter written by a kamikaze pilot to his young daughter. (Click here to read it).

◎ 2009 August 15 will mark the day that Japan surrendered and ended World War 2 sixty-four years ago.
Last year, I wrote a post about this day too. (Click here to see it.)

War is terrible. And it’s known that Japan did many bad things during World War 2, but so did every country involved. Including the “Allies”.
Most people agree that it’s best that Japan lost World War 2…but dropping an atomic bomb shouldn’t have been done, and definitely should never be done again.

This is the BBC documentary “Hiroshima” (89 min):

Have you ever heard of 山口彊 (Tsutomu Yamaguchi)?
He’s the only person known to have survived both the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

tsutomu_yamaguchi

山口彊 (Tsutomu Yamaguchi)

His hometown is 長崎 (Nagasaki, Japan), but on 1945 August 6 he went to 広島 (Hiroshima, Japan) on a business trip.
He suffered burns, ear and eye damage when the “Little Boy” bomb was dropped on Hiroshima while he was there.
Because of his injuries, he was sent back to a hospital in his hometown. So he was in Nagasaki when the “Fat Man” bomb was dropped on that city!
He had misfortune of having been in both Hiroshima and Nagasaki when they were atomic bombed. But was lucky to have survived both times.

◎ August 15 – 17 will be the 40th anniversary of the “Woodstock Music & Art Fair“.

Woodstock promo poster

Woodstock promo poster

That famous three-day music festival occurred the year I was born. 1969.
I understand it was a major era-defining event for Americans who were teenagers or young adults at that time.
Personally, I don’t think I would’ve gone to Woodstock even if I was my parents’ age.
I’m not a big on music festivals. I like concerts…but all day music festivals with numerous performers seems too much to me. (Summer music festivals are currently very popular in Japan right now. The three-day “Summer Sonic” is scheduled for this weekend near Tokyo and Osaka. Others are “Fuji Rock Festival“, “Rock In Japan“, “Loudpark Heavy Metal Festival“, etc., but I have never gone to one.)

Also, I wouldn’t have gone to Woodstock because I don’t like the “hippie folk music” that was performed there. The only bands on the set-list that seem half-way decent to me are Johnny Winter and Jimi Hendrix.

If I went to a music festival, it’d be the “Loudpark Heavy Metal Festival“, “Crüe Fest“, or “OzzFest“.

Ozzy Osbourne's "OzzFest"

Ozzy Osbourne's "OzzFest"

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8 Responses to “On this day in August…”

  1. tokyo5 August 5, 2009 at 6:25 pm #

    I just added the BBC documentary “Hiroshima” to this post.

  2. bartman905 August 5, 2009 at 8:54 pm #

    Wow, lots of historic milestones in August.

    For me, living in Japan, August seems filled with summer festivals and fireworks. And next week, is Obon Week.

    • tokyo5 August 5, 2009 at 11:11 pm #

      Yes, there are many festivals, especially in August.

      And next week is お盆 (Obon). Many people pay a visit to their family grave.

  3. bocahbancar August 6, 2009 at 4:32 am #

    HHooooo…..
    I have watching Hiroshima Documentary in here,,,,

    Best Regards from Bocahbancar

    • tokyo5 August 6, 2009 at 1:26 pm #

      Did you watch the whole 89 minute documentary?

  4. tokyo5 August 6, 2009 at 1:29 pm #

    Just like every year on August 6, today at 8:15AM a moment of silence was observed at a memorial service in Hiroshima.

  5. tokyo5 January 2, 2010 at 9:33 pm #

    The Canadian movie director James Cameron (Titanic, Terminator) was in Japan to promote the release of his newest movie “Avatar“.

    While he was here he met Tsutomu Yamaguchi (the survivor of both the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings that I mentioned in this post) and discussed the possibility of making a movie about nuclear weapons.

    • tokyo5 January 6, 2010 at 6:07 pm #

      It was just reported in the news today that Tsutomu Yamaguchi died of cancer last Monday (2010 January 4).

      RIP Tsutomu Yamaguchi
      1916 March 16 – 2010 January 4 (93.8 years old)

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