A Nagasaki citizen’s clock that stopped at exactly the time that the American bomber “Bockscar” detonated an atomic bomb nicknamed “Fat Man” 500 meters above the city of Nagasaki at 11:02am on August 9, 1945.
A Buddhist monk’s robe burnt right through, a man’s shirt disintegrated on his back, a helmet still containing skull fragments, a girl standing over a corpse, and another clock stopping at exactly 11:02am on August 9, 1945.
Takashi Nagai (永井 隆 Nagai Takashi February 3, 1908, Matsue – May 1, 1951, Nagasaki) was a physician specializing in radiology, a convert to Roman Catholicism, and a survivor of the Atomic Bombing of Nagasaki. His subsequent life of prayer and service earned him the affectionate title “Saint of Urakami.” He had suffered from leukemia before the war, but the effects of the atomic bomb exacerbated his poor health. Even though he was also dying, he tended to the people of Nagasaki as long as he could. On his death bed, he continued to write out and issue prayers for the people. He died 6 years after the atomic bomb.