|229||August 10th, 1945. In the morning||15 years old at that time|
|A charred body was burning on its feet.|
I left a university hospital and was walking along the road leading to the hill in Yamazato-machi (district). At first I thought it was a standing tree or something burning by the road. As I came up to it, I recognized it was a human body. The charred body was headless. I thought its head was probably blown off first.
I climbed up to the highest hill in Yamazato-machi and looked down in the direction of the Urakami cathedral and my house. There were no roads, no houses and buildings, no bridges. I couldn't tell where my house was because there were no landmarks down there.
Then I climbed up to the hill, where the Urakami cathedral stood. I looked down in the direction of my house.
The view I looked down from there was like a desert.