“Kusunoki” Relay Singing On the ninth of August, 1945, another A-bomb was dropped on Nagasaki City. The blast, the heat, and the radiation from the bomb killed tens of thousands of civilians, and devastated the city. Located near the hypocenter, Sanno Shrine had its buildings wiped out by the blast. The blast also blew off the left half of the Torii Gate, but a miracle saved the right half. People in Nagasaki call it Kataashi-Torii (a one legged gate of Shinto shrine). The two camphor trees, which were located at the entrance of Sanno Shrine, were also stripped and torn by the blast and burnt by the heat. Two years after the blast, the camphor trees gave out buds again, and the miracle of restoration greatly encouraged the people in Nagasaki, who were also working to restore the city. The camphor trees became the symbol of the restoration. The camphor trees later regained their strength, and still are alive as the symbol of peace and vitality. A singer and songwriter, Masaharu Fukuyama, composed the song “Kusunoki”, which literally means the camphor trees. He is from Nagasaki and is a second generation Hibakusha. Remembering the 70th anniversary of the A-bombing, the citizens of Nagasaki have repeated the vocals, singing “Kusunoki” in a song chain. May this pass the message of peace to the world through generations!