@75 days until Hiroshima Summit: World-renowned couples visiting Hiroshima

by Hiromi Morita, Staff Writer

The name of Hiroshima is well-known throughout the world. Many celebrities in different fields have visited the city. In February 1945, a big couple drew attention when they came to Japan for their honeymoon–Joe DiMaggio, a big hitter in U.S. Major League baseball, and Marilyn Monroe, an actor representing Hollywood. Given that Mr. DiMaggio arrived in Hiroshima to coach the Hiroshima Carp, the local professional baseball team, they visited the Atomic Bomb Museum, the predecessor of the current Peace Memorial Museum. According to the Chugoku Shimbun, in an issue published at that time, “They looked at the A-bombed exhibits closely and sighed many times.”

When it comes to the other renowned couple coming to Hiroshima, Jean-Paul Sartre, French philosopher and Simone de Beauvoir, his partner and author, also visited the A-bombed city in 1966. They refused to go sightseeing and did on-site reporting of the A-bomb Dome and the Peace Memorial Museum. After listening to a message from an A-bomb survivor, they said, “We also have to fight so the tragedy won’t be repeated.”

(Originally published on March 5, 2023)