Friday, December 29, 2017

A Japanese Christian Who Survived the Hiroshima Atomic Bomb

This is an outstanding documentary from NHK, Japan's public television station. It revolves around Koko Kondo, a survivor of the Hiroshima atomic bomb drop of August 6, 1945. Kondo was eight months old when that happened. A Christian, Kondo was the daughter of a pastor. She is the wife of a pastor.

She is a thoughtful woman who lives with a hard-earned cheerfulness.

Her perspective on nuclear weaponry and her personal journey to forgiveness, reconciliation, and love moved me.

By the way, for those who may be interested: I am aware that the Japanese military under Emperor Hirohito initiated the Pacific Theater of World War 2. That notably began with Japan's invasion and brutal rule over China, even before the sneak attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. The record also includes the savage treatment to which American POWs were routinely subjected by their Japanese captors.

Little of that is mentioned here. But I still think it's worth watching and that you'll find it interesting.

This was released a few weeks ago and appeared on NHK World-English.

[I'm the pastor of Living Water Lutheran Church in Centerville, Ohio.]

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