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Noboru Tasaki

Monday, January 3rd, 2022

“Since the bomb detonated above the city the strong blast and flash of light hit our house which was located on a hill.  All the glass from the windows was smashed.  My father thought a regular bomb dropped on the roof because tiles had blown off, so he went onto the roof to get rid of it, although he quickly discovered it was not a regular bomb.   As the day progressed my parents saw the mushroom cloud rise above Nagasaki.” 
-Noboru Tasaki, Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Survivor

Noboru Tasaki was a year and 4 months old when the atomic bomb was over Nagasaki.  His entire family was bombed.  He was the second youngest of 8 siblings – his mother was pregnant with his younger brother.   The family’s home was located in a town outside of the city called Yokoo, about 5.5km (3.5 miles) from the hypocenter.

This portrait is a part of my From Above project which featured portraits of atomic bomb and firebombing survivors from WWII. My limited edition book is available at