HIROSHIMA — Atomic bomb survivor Hiroshi Hara, 79, sets a small chair in front of the Atomic Bomb Dome, scoops some water from the Motoyasu River in front of him, and mixes his watercolors. This is the 27th year in a row that he has painted the dome, and on Aug. 6, the anniversary of the atomic bomb drop over Hiroshima, he will finish his 3,000th painting of the dome.
When the bomb fell on Aug. 6, 1945, Hara was 13 years old. Out on the island of Etajima in Hiroshima Bay on school holidays, he survived, but 187 of his classmates and three teachers who were close to the center of the blast were killed. The next day, he returned to Hiroshima, the awful sight of which he has never been able to forget.