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Dr. Takashi Nagai – Fujin Gaho article on August 1949

Today we mark the 74th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Nagasaki.

The August 1949 issue of the women’s magazine, Fujin Gaho/婦人画報 (Prange Call No. F62), included an article entitled, “Seimei no tomoshibi: Kaminari oyaji/生命の灯:雷おやぢ,” by Takashi Nagai/永井隆 (1908-1951). Nagai was a physician who survived the dropping of the atomic bomb on Nagasaki. His experiences were memorialized in what is perhaps his best known work, The Bells of Nagasaki/長崎の鐘 (Prange call no. D-0336).

In this article, Nagai described the Emperor’s visit to his bedside. His two children were present. The article included several photographs — one of the Emperor’s visit, several of Nagai and his children, and one of Nagai conducting research with a microscope while bedridden.

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