Hiroshima - 6 August 1945
"My life is a dewdrop ... " ~ The Poetry of Yamaguchi Tsotomu (2010 anthology)
Tsutomu Yamaguchi (1916 – 2010) was a survivor of both the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings within the fringe of Ground Zero during World War II. Although at least 70 people are known to have been affected by both bombings, he is the only person to have been officially recognized by the government of Japan as surviving both. According to the designer, the "Yamaguchi Tsutomu tartan transforms the nuclear hazard sign into a radiant symbol of hope for a nuclear-free future." At 8 a.m. every August 6, at a ceremony in Hiroshima's Peace Memorial Park, survivors, relatives and members of the public gather in front of the Memorial Cenotaph to pay their respects and pray for peace.
Hiroshima Day marks the 6th of August 1945, the day an atomic bomb was dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, followed a few days later by another dropped on the city of Nagasaki.
On the anniversary of the atomic bombing, doves are released as a sign of peace during the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Ceremony in Japan. This year, as on every other anniversary, the names of survivors – the hibakusha – who died in the previous 12 months are added to the peace park’s cenotaph. During this ceremony, the Peace Declaration, appealing for the abolition of nuclear weapons and for the realization of eternal world peace, is delivered by the Mayor of Hiroshima City and is transmitted worldwide.
The Yamaguchi Tsutomu tartan transforms the nuclear hazard sign into a symbol of hope.
This tartan is named in honour of the late Tsutomu Yamaguchi (1916-2010), the only officially recognised survivor of both atom bomb attacks and an outspoken critic of nuclear weapons and nuclear energy.
For more about his life, click the nuclear hazard symbol.