The character that has been the most interesting to me so far is Dr. Sasaki. He was the Red Cross doctor and was untouched by the bomb because of his location when it went off. I liked him right off the bat because he was helping people in his mother's town because they had inadequate medical equipment, even though practicing without a permit had severe penalties. He was the only doctor in the hospital unhurt and that soon caused extreme responsibility for him, when 10,000 came to the hospital for help. I thought the situation that revealed the most about him was when he worked helping people for three days straight. He had to hide behind the hospital just so he could get some sleep, then he was found and woken up after just an hour. After he worked he finally made his way to his mother's house and slept for 17 hours straight. It is just so hard to imagine working for that long in the chaotic conditions. He did very hard work and helped save many lives. He had to begin checking patients. On page 63 it talks about the process, "whenever a patient appeared to be moribund, a piece of paper with his name on it was fastened to his clothing." Not only was he responsible for helping people, he also had to make hard decisions like who to not help.
This is Asano Park, the first day after the bomb.
I did some research on Asano Park. The first thing I learned was that this parked is typically called shukkeien by people who live in Japan. It is called Asano Park because during the Meiji Period the garden served as a villa for the Asano familly. The park was almost completely destroyed by the bombing but has been restored.
Shukkei-en Garden today
There are three trees there today that survived the bomb.