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Nyokodo hermitage

Nyokodo Nyokodo is the small hermitage of a medical doctor, and is located about 0.4 km northeast of Peace Park.

Takashi Nagai (1908-1951) was a doctor of radiotherapy in Nagasaki Medical University (current Faculty of Medicine, Nagasaki University).
He was also a Christian.

His long radiation research led him to leukemia.
In June 1945, he was told to be within 3 months of death.
And on August 9th, A-bomb was dropped in Nagasaki. He was in the medical office in Nagasaki Medical University at that time.
The hypocenter was only 0.7 km from there, and he was also seriously injured to his head.

He came back his home. His wife had become only her bones.
But he was strong, and he had worked as a doctor for the injured people for two months.
He continued to live, and gave many atom-bomb survivors treatments. Then he was promoted to professor.
But he had to lie up in June 1946.

The people in Urakami built a small hermitage for him in 1948.
It was "Nyokodo".
And in this hermitage, he wrote many books about his A-bomb experience with a Christian's eye, and they became bestsellers.
To this hermitage, Emperor Showa, the envoy of the Pope, Helen Keller and so on came to see him.
But he died in 1951 at the age of 43.

"Nyoko" means "as myself".
Dr. Nagai gave the meaning of the words "Love your neighbour as yourself." from the Bible to this hermitage.

The hermitage has been preserved, and there is the museum about his life by the hermitage.

How to get to here

By streetcar

By street car with route No. 1 or 3, get off at Ohashi stop.
About 10 minutes walk from there.


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