the 11th of August, photograher Yosuke Yamahata took
this picture of what used to be the Ichino-torii (shrine-gate),
at the entrance of Sanno-jinja Shinto shrine. The
city is dead - not a single living thing can be seen.
The rubble smolders and heat penetrates the soles
of the photographer's shoes. The torii did not collapse
because it stood parallel to the enormous blast, but
the rest of the shrine was completely obliterated.
Yamahata's pictures are compiled into an astounding
book, titled Nagasaki
Journey. They not only provide a first-hand look at the terrible destruction
of Nagasaki... they warn against future atomic wars.