Seeds: A Message from Kaz

Seeds: A Message from Kaz is a short documentary that follows Kazuye Suyeishi (aka Kaz-mama), a Hiroshima A-bomb survivor and life-long peace activist. Born in the United States, Kaz-mama moved to Hiroshima as a child and survived the A-bomb blast when she was 18 years old. After the war, she returned to the United States and later dedicated her life to advocating for peace by talking about her A-bomb experience.

Produced by Miyuki Iwasaki and JANM’s Watase Media Arts Center. A short version of this film is being shown as part of Under a Mushroom Cloud: Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and the Atomic Bomb.

Interview footage of Kazuye Suyeishi for Seeds was provided by TSS-TV Co., Ltd. The documentary was funded by the Philip and Masako Togo Kasloff Foundation.

The film is also available in Japanese.


Passing the Legacy: Hiroshima and Nagasaki

On the opening day of Under a Mushroom Cloud: Hiroshima, Nagasaki, and the Atomic Bomb, JANM presented a special program moderated by JANM Vice President of Exhibitions Clement Hanami, whose own mother was an atomic bomb survivor. The program included presentations by Takuo Takigawa, Director of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum; and personal testimonies from two Japanese American survivors, Howard Kakita and Junji Sarashina.


Interview with Howard Kakita

View clips from a 2019 interview with Howard Kakita, a Japanese American who survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima.

View the clips with interview transcripts on Discover Nikkei (in English, Japanese, Spanish, and Portuguese).


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Top: The Hiroshima Prefectural Industrial Promotion Hall, known today as the Atomic Bomb Dome, circa October–November, 1945. Photo by US Army, courtesy of Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum (HB118-B).