A Bowl Full of Peace
Wow, this book! A Bowl Full of Peace is a true story recounting Sachiko Yasui’s story of surviving the Nagasaki atomic bombing. It is a heartbreaking but essential story and a complement to any study of those chapters of history.
I studied Japanese for 8+ years and had the privilege of visiting Japan a few years ago and was immediately charmed. The culture, the food, the people, the innate sense of safety wherever we went, it was a life changing trip. I was also struck by my visit to Hiroshima; specifically the Hiroshima Peace Museum, which recounts the events of August 6, 1945 and the aftermath through a series of unforgettable, interactive exhibits. It was the most sobering museum experience of my life, and it opened my eyes to realize that the textbook version of the atomic bombs that I’s received in school barely scratched the surface of the horror and lingering devastation of those days.