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A motion picture based on the book “Rising from the Ashes”

This is a true story of survival never previously told.

A father and son ¾ of a mile from the center of the blast

The world changed forever at 8:15 that morning.

You will never be the same once you witness 8:15.

Rising from the Ashes - Motion Picture

“Rising from the Ashes” inks a film deal with Polaris Pictures in Hollywood.


Jeremy Wall, Polaris’ CEO said, “This book is devastatingly shocking, heartwarming in its compassion, and is truly healing from a perspective of victims and perpetrators. It has all the elements to make a powerful motion picture.”

About the Story

This is a true and incredible story of a Japanese adolescent, Shinji Mikamo, who miraculously survived the first atomic bombing of human kinds. He was on top of his house roof with nothing to shield him at only ¾ of a mile (1,200m) from the epicenter in Hiroshima on August 6, 1945 toward the end of World War II.

But what made Shinji stand out from most of the survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, or even of many other man-made disasters in our history, he never hated Americans as aggressors. He somehow saw things from a much bigger perspective even in the very strict Japanese military government’s mind control of civilians during the war. As one of his three legacy-carrying daughters, Dr. Akiko Mikamo wrote his story to send out the messages of human love and power of forgiveness to remind the world our worst enemies of yesterday could become the best friends of tomorrow.

Rising from the Ashes – Press/Media

July 23, 2014 | BBC News Magazine (UK)

When time stood still
Article [English]

January 15, 2015 | TVapex (UK)

December 18, 2014 | INSEAD

October 23, 2014 | Hiroshima Peace Media Center

August 5, 2014 | The Asahi Shinbun (Japan)

December 6, 2013 | AlterNet

February 20, 2014 | The Citizen (South Africa)

Beyond the A-bomb
Article & Interview [English]

May 25, 2014 | TogiNet Radio


Radio Interview [English]

November 7, 2013 | Japanator

March 12, 2014 | Hiroshima Peace Media Center

February 24, 2014 | BBC World Serice - Outlook (UK)

My Father Survived Hiroshima
Radio Interview [English]

February 19, 2014 | BBC Radio 4 Midweek (UK)

November 10, 2014 | San Diego Union-Tribune

November 29, 2013 | ORF.at - FM4 (Austria)

Surviving Hiroshima
Radio Interview [English]

February 19, 2014 | The Halli Casser-Jayne Show

November 5, 2013 | Japanator

December 23, 2013 | Hiroshima Peace Media Center

October 4, 2013 | Hiroshima Peace Media Center

January 23, 2014 | ANT-Hiroshima News (Japan)

Rising from the Ashes – Press/Media (Non-English)

December 4, 2013 | Roads Magazine

Hiroshima “Rising from the Ashes”, A Poignant Book
Article & Interview [French]

February 24, 2014 | Hiroshima Peace Media Center

December 23, 2013 | Hiroshima Peace Media Center

September 24, 2013 | Hiroshima Peace Media Center

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