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  • Foreword
    Shusaku Endo

A Song for Nagasaki

The Story of Takashi Nagai - Scientist, Convert, and Survivor of the Atomic Bomb

Published by Ignatius Press in San Francisco, California, USA .
Written in English.

About the Book

On August 9, 1945, an American B-29 dropped an atomic bomb on Nagasaki, Japan, killing tens of thousands of people in the blink of an eye, while fatally injuring and poisoning thousands more. Among the survivors was Takashi Nagai, a pioneer in radiology research and a convert to the Catholic Faith. Living in the rubble of the ruined city and suffering from leukemia caused by over-exposure to radiation, Nagai lived out the remainder of his remarkable life by bringing physical and spiritual healing to his war-weary people.

A Song for Nagasaki tells the moving story of this extraordinary man, beginning with his boyhood and the heroic tales and stoic virtues of his family's Shinto religion. It reveals the inspiring story of Nagai's remarkable spiritual journey from Shintoism to atheism to Catholicism. Mixed with interesting details about Japanese history and culture, the biography traces Nagai's spiritual quest as he studied medicine at Nagasaki University, served as a medic with the Japanese army during its occupation of Manchuria, and returned to Nagasaki to dedicate himself to the science of radiology. The historic Catholic district of the city, where Nagai became a Catholic and began a family, was ground zero for the atomic bomb.

After the bomb disaster that killed thousands, including Nagai's beloved wife, Nagai, then Dean of Radiology at Nagasaki University, threw himself into service to the countless victims of the bomb explosion, even though it meant deadly exposure to the radiation which eventually would cause his own death. While dying, he also wrote powerful books that became best-sellers in Japan. These included The Bells of Nagasaki, which resonated deeply with the Japanese people in their great suffering as it explores the Christian message of love and forgiveness. Nagai became a highly revered man and is considered a saint by many Japanese people.

Table of Contents

1. Calmness, the Number One Son
2. Fireflies, Snow and a Lioness
3. Kublai Khan, Tsune and Pascal
4. The Mouse Who Could Not See the Stars
5. 'Tis an Ill Wind
6. The Hidden Christians
7. The Bells of Nagasaki
8. Dew on a Morning Glory
9. Silent Night and a Precious Life
10. The Virgin and the Prostitute
11. The Great Pan is Dead
12. At the Feet of a Janitor-Sensei
13. White Australia and the Yellow Peril
14. Typhoons and Graceful Bamboo
15. A Christian Nenbutsu and the Dark Night
16. Arrogant Heike Tumble
17. The Machine That Turned on Its Master
18. But Midori Will Be Beside Me
19. When the Sun Turned Black
20. And the Rain Turned to Poison
21. The Last Black Hole in the Universe?
22. Talking Bones and a New Mantra
23. High Noon, and a Nation Wept
24. Not from Chance Our Comfort Springs
25. The Parable of the Bare Hut
26. The Little Girl Who Could Not Cry
27. The Song of a Tokyo Leper
28. The Bluebird Who Visited the Bear
29. The Navel of the World
30. Cherry Blossoms Fall on the Third Day
31. For All That Has Been, Thanks; for All That Will Be, Yes
Glossary of Japanese Words

The Physical Object

Number of pages 267
Dimensions 7.9 x 5.2 x 0.9 inches
Weight 10.4 ounces

ID Numbers

Open Library OL25893117M
ISBN 13 978-1586173432
LC Control Number 2009923524

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