© Kikujiro Fukushima
Born in 1921, Kikujiro Fukushima came of age during the height of Japan’s imperial expansion, and as a young man he shared the strong desire of many of his peers to fight for the glory of the emperor. Poor physical condition and a series of fortuitous coincidences helped keep Kikujiro alive while many of those same peers became casualties of war. Being sent on a suicide mission – as a human bomb deployed against the American tanks that were fully expected on Kyushu’s shores in the summer of 1945 – may not sound like a particularly lucky turn of events, but it was from central Hiroshima that Fukushima was sent. 6 days after he left Hiroshima, the A-bomb exploded in the sky above the city half a kilometer from for his former training ground.