Since we've started this journey together, I've taken every opportunity that has been offered to me in order to fully immerse myself in the world of the atomic bomb and write the most compelling book I could. I accepted an internship at Hiroshima's Peace Memorial Museum. This gained me access to their US archives. In fact it was my job to organize them and create a digital database for the Museum. I scanned through page after page, and with the permission of the museum gleaned any information I found interesting for the book.
After the completion of my Internship, I accepted a position with Peace Boat ( www.peaceboat.org) as a volunteer web reporter for their Hibakusha Project. This allowed me to traverse the world's seas and document the survivors' journey who gave testimony in each port. I not only got to know a new group of survivors who told me their stories, but we became as close as family throughout the voyage.
The pattern of taking opportunity after opportunity resulted in a deep and extensive archive of horror stories with little time to digest it. I fell into a spiral of depression and inability to convert all of it into a story. If I forced myself to sit down and finish it for the sake of speed, I would have let myself and all of you down. It was a difficult choice, but I decided on a drastic lifestyle change.
In 2014 I traveled to Rwanda for a videography fellowship at Agahozo Shalom Youth Village (www.asyv.org) I gained new energy, new experience and even new family and friends. The best part was that I came home excited to write again. This brings me to the point of this update. This post is not a money request. It is not a share request. You don't even have to 'like' it if you don't want to (but if you read this far, I hope you do ☺ ). I just wanted to let you know that I will be publishing my book tentatively titled "The Nuclear Family" online and in print on demand via Amazon.com. It will be available on kindle and in print on demand. As the details emerge, you will be the first to know. Those who donated, will receive their promised rewards when they become available.
Sometimes the voyage was rocky and sometimes it was smooth, but whether or not I told you personally, I never forgot that all of it was possible because of your support. As a "Thank You," I have attached a video compiled of the interviews that your contributions made possible. I wanted to give you a glimpse into the stories I've been immersing myself in. I hope you find it impactful.
A special thank you to the translators and coordinators in Japan who made these interviews possible. Tomoko Watanabe from Hiroshima ANT, and Keiko Ogura, Tomoko Kakeda,Kanade Kurozumi with Hiroshima Interpreters for Peace. I want to thank Tomoko Maekawa, Takahashi Junpei, Yoshida Mutsuko, and Ayumi Nakada for translating in Nagasaki. I also want to thank Yuji, Megumi, and Masahiro Sasaki, Masaki Kobayashi and Kazuko Minamoto with Sadako Legacy and Clifton Daniel, Kathleen Sullivan and Robert Croonquist with Hibakusha Stories for introducing me to so many amazing people who appeared in this book. I want to thank Akira Kawasaki, Meri Joyce, Rika Watanabe, Saori Koga and Mayu Seto for trusting me to join Peace Boat along with ALL of the CCs and Ai Ito Onodera, Yoko Takayama and Lisa Fang, who translated for the Hibakusha Project. I want to thank Ranko Fukuda for her translations. I also want to thank every atomic bomb survivor that allowed me to interview them. Without these mentioned people the book could not have been possible, even with the money donated.
Keijiro Matsushima who appears in the video and book has passed away since the beginning of this project. The attached video was made as a memorial to him and his dream that Americans of whom 80% support the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, listen to survivors speak.