Mariko Ide

For Mariko Ide's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:

Conductor sings praises of hibakusha peace choir

National / History Sep 28, 2015

Conductor sings praises of hibakusha peace choir

Chansonnier Kazumichi Terai has been directing a choir of Nagasaki atomic bomb survivors for more than a decade, hoping to convey their wishes for global peace and a nuclear-free world. The 66-year-old native of Nagasaki helped found the Himawari (Sunflower) choir in 2004 and has ...

Nagasaki survivor, 80, tells stories of war for fallen

National / History Aug 26, 2015

Nagasaki survivor, 80, tells stories of war for fallen

Sakue Shimohira, an 80-year-old atomic bomb survivor in Nagasaki, is determined to continue serving as a storyteller for the sake of people who died without speaking of their agony. Shimohira was born in the northeast China region of Manchuria. Her father, an employee of South ...