Part 1: In Hiroshima I think the character that has seemed the most interesting is Mrs. Nakamura. I like the fact that in spite of losing her husband she became a woman who would do anything for children. She's strong and willing and won't let anything stop her from being there for them as a mother and a care taker. Not even the nuclear bomb that was just dropped near their home would stop her. She literally dug out her children with her bare hands and made sure they were okay. The strength it takes for someone to think of others before yourself is immensely admirable. I think that her response has shown that she a mother at instinct and a selfless woman. On page 19 it says "[Mrs. Nakamura] worried rather confusedly about [her children] being cold. so she went back into the wreckage and burrowed underneath and found a bundle of clothes she had packed for an emergency, and she dressed them in pants, blouses, shoes, padded-cotton air-raid helmets called bokuzuki and even, irrationally, over coats."
Part 2: The research question I chose is; "Why is it considered honorable to commit suicide?" Not to bring this up again but I did live in Japan. One month prior to moving there a man had been murdered in Shibuya, I believe. Although his murder was accidental, I believe, he walked out in front of a car drunk and was hit. His family was so devastated about what had happened, leaving the culprit with guilt. About three days or so had passed and he stepped off a train platform, and was hit by an oncoming train, ending his own life. He "fell on his own sword." Culturally suicide means admitting defeat or disgrace and atonning for ones own sins or wrong doings. It's kind of like the bigger man paradigm, is that the right term? I don't know. Being the bigger man and taking blame or acknowledging what has been done, with no adjectives, exagerations, and embelishments.
Attached is the link.