Creator of ‘Barefoot Gen’ Keiji Nakazawa Passes Away at 73
The creator of the world renowned manga ‘Barefoot Gen’ Keiji Nakazawa (Kuro ga Ita Natsu and I Saw It) passed away on December 19, 2012 in a hospital in Hiroshima due to lung cancer at the age of 73. At his request there will be no service. As a survivor of the 1945 Hiroshima bombing he lost most of his immediate family; his father, older sister, younger brother, and younger sister. Only his mother, two brothers, and himself who were not at home survived.
He is the creator of several titles such as ‘Kuroi Ame ni Utarete’ (Drenched by Black Rain) and his most famous work which is ‘Barefoot Gen’. The ten volumes of ‘Barefoot Gen’ told the story of the atomic bombing and aftermath has since sold over 6.5 copies and has been translated in over ten languages which includes English, Russian, and Korean. Over the years, Nakazawa has donated 2,735 original drawings of ‘Barefoot Gen’ and at least 30 more boxes of other materials to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. In 2009 he has abandoned plans for a ‘Barefoot Gen’ sequel due to worsening eyesight from a cataract and a damaged retina. He states that, “Our generation must continue to tell of the horrors of atomic bombs and war.”