weekly photo challenge: wrong

wrong adj not correct or truthful: the wrong answer. 2 acting or judging in error: you are wrong to think that. (postpositive) immoral; bad: it is wrong to cheat. 4 deviating from or unacceptable to correct or conventional laws, usage etc. 5 not intended or wanted: the wrong road. 6 (postpositive) not working properly; amiss: something is wrong with the engine. 7 (of a side, esp. of a fabric) intended to face the inside so as not to be seen…

collins concise dictionary

sometimes words say a lot and mean nothing. sometimes a picture says what a thousand words can’t.


the plaque alongside this exhibit at the hiroshima peace memorial museum says this:

Tricycle and metal helmet

Donated by Nobuo Tetsutani
1,500 m from the hypocenter, Higashi-hakushima-cho

Shinichi Tetsutani (then 3 years and 11 months) loved to ride this tricycle. That morning, he was riding in front of his house when, in a sudden flash, he and his tricycle were badly burned. He died that night. His father felt he was too young to be buried in a lonely grave away from home, and thinking he could still play with the tricycle, he buried Shinichi with the tricycle in the backyard.
In the summer of 1985, forty years later, his father dug up Shinichi’s remains and transferred them to the family grave.
This tricycle and helmet, after sleeping for 40 years in the backyard with Shinichi, were donated to the Peace Memorial Museum.

when searching for a photo for this week’s daily post photo challenge, i came upon this picture from my trip to japan earlier in the year. i ignored it. i was desperate to find something less tragic. something clever. something witty. but i kept coming back to this. how could anything be more wrong?

there’s no doubt that the horror visited upon the people of hiroshima and nagasaki was wrong. that thousands died in acute agony with so many suffering the after effects until this very day is unquestionably wrong.  but for me, the most poignant image of all that horrendous suffering remains this tiny child’s tricycle. a symbol of innocence lost, a life never lived and a family carrying on in grief. to me, that’s wrong.      

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16 thoughts on “weekly photo challenge: wrong

  1. Excellent interpretation of the challenge. All of man’s inhumanity to man is wrong. Pearl Harbor, Hitler, young wounded soldiers, children robbed of childhood, terrorists, women subjugated. All in the name of what? So many innocent lives robbed of life. Thank you for this honest, difficult reminder.
    I also want to thank you for visiting and following my blog.
    Peace to you,

    • of course, some might argue that the ends justify the means; that ‘collateral damage’ is an unfortunate consequence of actions taken for the greater good. after all, what kind of a world would shinichi had to grow up in if hitler had not been put down??

      and maybe that’s comforting to the family of a soldier killed doing what he loved and what he believed in, but it’s harder to accept when the morality of our current wars are questionable and an even more bitter pill to swallow when confronted with the tragic details of those innocents affected. when simple numbers and statistics become names and faces, these issues become impossible to untangle.

      thank you for your comment… and i’ve enjoyed looking around your blog!

  2. Thank you for sharing this story. I don’t think I will ever forget it, truly.

  3. This is a very powerful image of wrong. May peace find the family. May we always remember these wrongs.

    • well said… and in that respect it is important to note that the hiroshima peace memorial museum is not just about remembering what happened (although that is of course of utmost importance), but also about driving towards peace and preventing it from happening again.

  4. jakesprinter on said:

    Great subject 🙂

  5. I don’t like what happened…but I like that you shared it, a personal story in such a mass tragedy

  6. You have a very good illustration of what is wrong; many wrong things put together is a tragedy!

  7. Oh my… What a sad story 😦 Thank you for sharing it, as I’m sure I would have never had the pleasure of reading it otherwise…

    ~My Blog

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