Fashion designer Issey Miyake wrote an amazing op-ed in Monday’s New York Times about having survived Hiroshima. I did not know he was a nuclear bomb survivor &mdash I don’t think that many did, in fact, he says in his piece that he deliberately buried this part of his past because he didn’t want to be remembered as the designer who survived the atomic bomb. He finally decided to come out in this op-ed to encourage President Obama to follow through on his pledge to rid the world of nuclear weapons:
I have never chosen to share my memories or thoughts of that day. I have tried, albeit unsuccessfully, to put them behind me, preferring to think of things that can be created, not destroyed, and that bring beauty and joy. I gravitated toward the field of clothing design, partly because it is a creative format that is modern and optimistic.
Link (Thanks, Gen!)