There was story with the headline, “Wataru Namba, 93, is among an estimated 3,000 Japanese American hibakusha, survivors of the U.S. atomic bombs in Hiroshima and Nagasaki.” I was asked by Barbara Shimizu Sensei whether this is the same Wataru Namba Sensei that we had learned under when I first started refereeing. Through confirmation by Senseis Gary Takemoto and Richie Endow, we found that indeed this is the same Wataru Namba Sensei.
Not only is this the memorial of the 75th Anniversary of the Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki an important story about protecting humanity and ensuring that we can maintain peace in this world.
I only know Namba Sensei has an accomplished national referee, but many of you know his judo history and his contribution to judo in Nanka and the greater LA area. This is an amazing article about Sensei’s experience as a victim of the atomic bomb in Hiroshima. I encourage you to share this story so that we can all continue to learn about Sensei and how his experience shaped who he is as an accomplished judo teacher, practitioner, leader, and referee.