Hadashi no gen

“Hadashi no gen”, is a manga from Keiji Nakazawa where he explains how he survived when the Hiroshima atomic bomb exploded near his home. Keiji was six years old when the atomic bomb impacted in Hiroshima killing his father, her mother and her sister, but he miraculously survived. Can you imagine being a kid, see how a nuclear bomb falls and see how your family dies?

Keiji decided to share his experience and wrote a manga called Hadashi no Gen in the seventies. He could not publish it before because the Japanese government was hiding lots of information about the nuclear blasts; so they could control anti-american feelings among the Japanese. Japanese people were surprised when they read Hadashi no Gen, they discovered many truths about the end of the war and about the devastation caused by the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs.



This autobiographical manga from Keiji Nakazawa became famous very fast, and was one of the first manga that was translated to European languages. There is also a drama with real actors (You can watch it this week at Fuji TV) and a film with the same name.

9 Comments
  • sheerblade

    August 8, 2007 at 10:56 am

    I remember seeing this on a British TV show called Japanorama. Johnathan Ross talked to Nakazawa-san about it. I think it went something like he ended up getting saved because his mother and him were walking by a stone wall and the combination of his mother falling on him and the wall falling on her saved his life.

  • ale/pepino

    August 8, 2007 at 10:30 pm

    Stories related to WW2 and Japan or the atomic bomb are just too much for me. I don’t know if having a trauma from a past life makes sense, but well, I have to live my life so I don’t think too much about it.

  • alafista

    August 9, 2007 at 8:50 pm

    I watched it before, it was really sad

  • japanese

    August 10, 2007 at 4:29 am

    more like the anti-american feeling, I think they wanted to hide the failure of their army and the terrible damage and pain they got, that could caused an anti-emperor feeling they would get and that could end in a coup d’etat.

  • genizai

    August 11, 2007 at 10:03 am

    I saw some scenes of this movie, and it was shocking, its a little gore

  • shit

    August 11, 2007 at 11:47 am

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  • squallheart

    August 11, 2007 at 7:02 pm

    yes i remember seeing this film a year ago really good but rather sad i was moved.

  • Jamaipanese

    August 11, 2007 at 8:40 pm

    i watched a documentary about the bombings today on HBO, I was very moved

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