“In the pond of the Sentei [Asano Mansion], live carp were swimming among the dead bodies.
“A swallow with burned wings could no longer fly; it just hopped around on the ground.
“When I came to my senses, I found my comrades still standing erect and saluting; when I said, ‘Hey,’ and tapped their shoulders, they crumbled down into ashes.”
First-hand observations of the Hiroshima atomic bomb from Flash-Bang by Iri Maruki and Toshiko Akamatsu (quoted in Hiroshima Notes by Kenzaburo Oe, pg. 171-72).