Hiroshima Carp Will Mark 70th Anniversary Of WWII Bombing With These Remarkable Unis
In addition to having the best nickname in all of baseball, the Hiroshima Toyo Carp have an interesting uniform commemoration set for Aug. 6. You see it here, and it's meant to mark the 70th anniversary of the day the U.S. dropped an A-bomb on their city -- Aug. 6, 1945 -- in which nearly 300,000 Japanese people died (to date).
The Japanese relationship with World War II history is a tricky one. This is a culture that tends to look to the future, and forgive the perceived sins of the past -- both its own, and others'. But at the same time some in Japan are a bit alarmed at the growing number of young people who have no real grasp of the details of WWII, including when and where two nuclear bombs were unleashed on their people.
— GetHiroshima (@GetHiroshima) July 7, 2015
The Carp have staged small tributes before on this date, but this is the first time they've gone with such an elaborate uniform design, with every player wearing the same number -- 86 of course denotes Aug. 6.
The Carp's ace pitcher Kenta Maeda, who appeared before reporters wearing the special "86" uniform, said, "We want to deliver a message to people across the country that we must not forget (about the atomic bombing) through baseball."
Regardless of your opinion on the circumstances in which the U.S. dropped the bombs, the Carp's efforts here are something from which we can all learn. Judging from the Twitter response to the U.S. women's 5-2 win over Japan in the Women's World Cup, many young people in America should be required to take some sensitivity training.
Japs haven't seen a blast like that since Hiroshima @ussoccer_wnt
— John Kyle Schwab (@JKschwab7) July 5, 2015
Remember Pearl Harbor! #BeatJapan
— Kyle Kilgore (@Kkilgore93) July 5, 2015
Looks like we need a Hiroshima 86 Day as well.
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