A mother of three children, she is a widow who lives in Hiroshima, Japan. This woman escapes the bombing, yet suffers illness due to poisoning for many years, along with her children; she also faces difficulties in finding work. This woman’s house is destroyed by the bombing.
Dr. Terufumi Sasaki
An aspiring surgeon who works at the Red Cross Hospital in Hiroshima. After the bombing, he examines the effects and illnesses caused by nuclear weaponry.
Father Wilhelm Kleinsorge
A German priest who also lives in Hiroshima. This priest helps Ms. Sasaki recover, who later becomes a nun. After the bombing, he becomes a Japanese citizen and changes his name to Father Makoto Takakura.
This clerk works for a tin company in Hiroshima. After the war, she becomes a nun with the help of Father Kleinsorge and changes her name to Sister Dominique Sasaki.
Dr. Masakazu Fujii
This doctor’s clinic completely collapses when the bomb strikes Hiroshima. He is seriously injured, and fails to help anyone else. Years later, he suffers a sudden, unknown illness.
Reverend Mr. Kiyoshi Tanimoto
A Methodist who lives in Hiroshima. Plays the role of a physician, helping many victims of the bomb. Later, he becomes a peace activist. He has a daughter named Koko.
The 10-year-old son of Mrs. Nakamura. After the death of a close friend (due to the bombing), this boy experiences many nightmares.
A badly injured priest.
Another badly injured priest.
Another priest who helps with treating the victims of the bomb. He also finds the Kataoka children’s mother.
This man held the post of the Nobori-cho Neighborhood Association’s head.
A hater of all Christians. On his death-bed, Mr. Tanimoto reads him a poem.
Hiroshima Questions and Answers
The Question and Answer section for Hiroshima is a great
resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
Scientists swarmed into the city, Some of them measured the force that had been necessary to shift marble gravestones in the cemeteries, to knock over twenty-two of the forty-seven railroad cars in the yards...