Author Ari M. Beser traveled through Japan with the Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship to report on the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the fifth anniversary of the Great East Japan earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear meltdowns in Fukushima.
Beser’s storytelling gives voice to people directly affected by nuclear technology today. He works with Japanese and Americans to encourage a message of reconciliation and nuclear disarmament. His book, The Nuclear Family, focuses on the American and Japanese perspectives of the atomic bombings.
Beser carries with him details of his grandfather’s experience as the only man on both of the planes that dropped the atomic bombs. His historical account is a stark reminder of what man is capable of in dire times, and of the consequences of nuclear war, which have rippled through to the present day.
Photographs courtesy of Yuji Onuma