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Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Hiroshima/Nagasaki Day Haiku

Disease X...
Nagasaki smoldering
here and there

Published on World Kigo Database (Hiroshima/Nagasaki Day)


"Disease X" refers to the "illness" suffered by burn victims of the atomic blast, a phrase first used by the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist George Weller who was the first reporter to enter Nagasaki, defying a U.S. media ban in Japan.