Mr. Tanimoto has got to be one of the most interesting characters from this book. The man is basically a hero in my mind. It's amazing that he survived the explosion without receiving a scratch, and while so many others ran and hid Tanimoto used his healthy body to run into the death and destruction in an attempt to save those who couldn't help themselves. I think that he showed a phenomenal amount of humility and strength in the fallout from the explosion. I think we could learn a lot about bravery and humanity from his story alone.
"Mr. Tanimoto found about twenty men and women on the sandspit. He drove the boat onto the bank and urged them to get aboard. They did not move and he realized that they were too weak to lift themselves [...] he got out into the water and, though a small man, lifted several of the men and woman, who were naked, into his boat [...] his bamboo pole was now too short and he had to paddle most of the way across with it[...]it took him three trips to get them all across the river."
I remember watching a documentary when I was younger that was about prison camps that were being held in the U.S. to house Japanese citizens. Both immigrants from Japan and American citizens that could trace their family lineage back to Japan were kept in these camps after the attack at Pearl Harbor and during WWII. The order for their incarceration occurred on February 19, 1942, and the order was given out by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Nearly 120,000 Japanese American citizens, which many were second or third generation Americans, were forcibly relocated and incarcerated due to the mass hysteria and racism that developed after Pearl Harbor. Ultimately, there was little to no evidence of these Japanese Americans being disloyal or having any ties to the attack. I think this subject shows us how afraid the typical American was of the Japanese around the events of WWII, and it may give us some incite into their mindset prior to the bombing of Hiroshima.
An American prison camp for Japanese American citizens