41 Monument to Tamiki Hara
November 15, 1951
Established by :
The Tamiki Hara Committee (The Japan Pen Club and the Hiroshima
At the age of 40, poet Tamiki Hara experienced the atomic
bombing at his birth home in Nobori-cho. His beloved wife had died the previous
year. Haunted by loneliness and despair, he nevertheless determined that
his mission as a survivor was to continually write works that would convey
the disaster of the bombing.
However, when the expansion of the Korean War led President Truman to publicly
consider the use of atomic weapons, Hara lost all hope. He took his life,
lying down on the tracks of Tokyo's Chuo Line on March 13, 1951. He was
46 years old.
In November of the year of his death, writers and literary scholars who
had been close to Hara built this monument engraved with a poem against
the background of a stone wall from the remains of Hiroshima Castle. Sadly,
heartless people pelted it with stones, denting the plate. The copper plate
on the rear side was stolen. The present monument was restored and moved
on July 29, 1967.
Engraved on the plate of black granite is the following poem by Hara:
Engraved in stone long ago,
Lost in the shifting sand,
In the midst of a crumbling world,
The vision of one flower.