About the Story

This is a true and incredible story of a Japanese adolescent, Shinji Mikamo, who miraculously survived the first atomic bombing of human kinds. He was on top of his house roof with nothing to shield him at only ¾ of a mile (1,200m) from the epicenter in Hiroshima on August 6, 1945 toward the end of World War II.

But what made Shinji stand out from most of the survivors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, or even of many other man-made disasters in our history, he never hated Americans as aggressors. He somehow saw things from a much bigger perspective even in the very strict Japanese military government’s mind control of civilians during the war. As one of his three legacy-carrying daughters, Dr. Akiko Mikamo wrote his story to send out the messages of human love and power of forgiveness to remind the world our worst enemies of yesterday could become the best friends of tomorrow.

Rising from the Ashes

A True Story of Survival and Forgiveness from Hiroshima

AuthorDr. Akiko Mikamo
EditionSecond Edition
PublisherLulu Publishing
PublishedJuly 14, 2013
Interior InkBlack & white
Weight0.8 lbs.
Dimensions6" wide x 9" tall

Rising from the Ashes


The Japanese version of Rising from the Ashes, titled 8:15 has been released.

One year after the release of the Rising from the Ashes, Dr. Mikamo has published the Japanese version of Shinji's story. 8時15分 tells the miraculous tale in its native language.

8時15分 is available on Amazon.co.jp.

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About the Author

Dr. Akiko Mikamo

Dr. Mikamo was born and raised in Hiroshima by two atomic bomb survivors and promised herself as a child to contribute to world peace and humanity. She graduated from Hiroshima University, School of Education, and moved to the United States. She obtained Doctor of Psychology in clinical psychology from California School of Professional Psychology, San Diego, Executive Master in Consulting and Coaching for Change from INSEAD, and Postdoctoral Master of Science in Clinical Psychopharmacology from Alliant International University among other advanced degrees. She is a licensed clinical psychologist in California, a licensed medical psychologist with a prescription privilege in Louisiana, and a Board Certified Coach.

Dr. Mikamo is president of San Diego-WISH: Worldwide Initiative to Safeguard Humanity (www.sdwish.org) and president of US-Japan Psychological Services (www.usjapanpsych.com) in San Diego, California. She believes that world peace and harmony starts with healthy individual psyche and harmonious intimate relationships based on love, tolerance, empathy, forgiveness, and growth. From this perspective, Dr. Mikamo provides psychotherapy, psychological assessment, psychiatric medication consultation, multicultural organizational consultation, executive coaching, emotional wellness workshops and seminars, and teaches clinical and educational psychology at various graduate schools.

Furthermore, San Diego-WISH, a not-for-profit 501(3) (c) organization, holds “Peace & Humanity Day” on the anniversary of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings to educate and promote world peace and the improvement of humanity. San Diego-WISH also offers educational materials on psychological wellness and the history related to World War II, as well as seminars and organizational workshops focused on peace, humanity, and forgiveness.

In November of 2014, Dr. Mikamo received an annual Award for Exceptional Service to World Peace from the World Peace and Prosperity Foundation at House of Lords in Westminster Palace in London, United Kingdom. The Foundation praised her for sending a strong message of empathy and forgiveness for the world via her book, Rising from the Ashes: A True Story of Survival and Forgiveness.

Dr. Akiko Mikamo

Rising from the Ashes - Motion Picture

“Rising from the Ashes” inks a film deal with Polaris Pictures in Hollywood.

Jeremy Wall, Polaris’ CEO said, “This book is devastatingly shocking, heartwarming in its compassion, and is truly healing from a perspective of victims and perpetrators. It has all the elements to make a powerful motion picture.”

Screenplay has been completed, and we expect to start shooting the film in 2016.

Press & Media (English)

Reviews, Interviews, and Media Coverage

July 23, 2014 | BBC News Magazine (UK)
When time stood still
Article [English]

August 5, 2015 | The Wall Street Journal
For Hiroshima Family, Memento’s Vanishing Is Loss to the World
Article [English]

January 15, 2015 | TVapex (UK)
Re-living memory of Atomic Bomb: Dr Akiko Mikamo
TV Interview [English]

August 6, 2015 | University of Reading (UK)
Rising From The Ashes: A True Story of Survival and Forgivness From Hiroshima
Article [English]

December 18, 2014 | INSEAD
Akiko Mikamo, EMCCC’11: Forgiveness Stronger than an Atomic Bomb
Article [English]

October 23, 2014 | Hiroshima Peace Media Center
Akiko Mikamo to receive award from London NPO for book about parents’ A-bomb experiences
Article [English]

August 5, 2014 | The Asahi Shinbun (Japan)
Theft of A-bombed timepiece leads to a lesson in forgiveness
Article [English]

December 6, 2013 | AlterNet
Rising From The Ashes: Miraculous Tale Of Man Who Survived Hiroshima's Atomic Bomb
Article & Interview [English]

February 20, 2014 | The Citizen (South Africa)
Beyond the A-bomb
Article & Interview [English]

May 25, 2014 | TogiNet Radio

Radio Interview [English]

November 7, 2013 | Japanator
An interview with Dr Akiko Mikamo
Interview [English]

March 12, 2014 | Hiroshima Peace Media Center
Hiroshima native living in U.S. seeks city’s cooperation on film version of book
Article [English]

February 24, 2014 | BBC World Serice - Outlook (UK)
My Father Survived Hiroshima
Radio Interview [English]

February 19, 2014 | BBC Radio 4 Midweek (UK)
Arthur Smith, Dr Akiko Mikamo, Martin White, Tom Mitchell
Radio Interview [English]

August 6, 2015 | The Huffington Post
When Time Stopped in Hiroshima--and When it Was Stolen
Article [English]

November 10, 2014 | San Diego Union-Tribune
Local woman wins world peace award
Article [English]

October 26, 2015 | United Nations Correspondents Association
Book Presentation & Discussion with Dr. Akiko Mikamo
Article [English]

November 29, 2013 | ORF.at - FM4 (Austria)
Surviving Hiroshima
Radio Interview [English]

August 6, 2015 | KPBS
San Diegans Reflect On 70th Anniversary Of Hiroshima Atomic Blast
Article [English]

February 19, 2014 | The Halli Casser-Jayne Show
The True Story of Atomic Bomb Victim Hiroshima Survivor Shinji Mikamo
Radio Interview [English]

November 10, 2013 | Japan Today
Rising from the Ashes: A True Story of Survival and Forgiveness from Hiroshima
Article [English]

November 5, 2013 | Japanator
Review: Rising from the Ashes by Dr Akiko Mikamo
Review [English]

December 23, 2013 | Hiroshima Peace Media Center
Shinji Mikamo, 87, Higashi Ward, Hiroshima
Article [English]

October 4, 2013 | Hiroshima Peace Media Center
Desire to convey spirit of forgiveness: "It is war that is wrong"
Article [English]

January 23, 2014 | ANT-Hiroshima News (Japan)
Book Review: Rising From The Ashes, by Dr. Akiko Mikamo
Review [English]

Press & Media (Other Languages)

Reviews, Interviews, and Media Coverage

August 7, 2014 | BBC
El cataclismo nuclear de Hiroshima narrado por un superviviente
Article [Spanish]

October 2015 | Ça m'intéresse Histoire
J'ai Su Vecu a La Bombe Atomique
Magazine Feature [French]

September 3, 2015 | QLibri
Testimone Di Hiroshima
Review [Italian]

August 21, 2013 | Fujisankei
News Video Feature [Japanese]

August 5, 2014 | The Asahi Shinbun
盗まれた被爆時計 父は「許しなさい」と言った
Article [Japanese]

July 10, 2014 | Sankei Shinbun
米国在住・臨床心理博士 美甘さん 父の被爆体験と信条を出版 広島
Article [Japanese]

June 30, 2014 | Hiroshima Peace Media Center
広島出身・米の美甘さん、近く自費出版 両親のヒロシマ 伝える 「許す心」 父親と講演も
Article [Japanese]

March 12, 2014 | Hiroshima Peace Media Center
両親の被爆体験 映画化に協力を 広島出身 米在住の美甘さん英語で出版
Article [Japanese]

September 18, 2015 | MilanoNera
Sopravvissuto alla bomba atomica
Article [Italian]

October 23, 2014 | Hiroshima Peace Media Center
美甘さん、英で表彰へ 両親の被爆体験 英文で出版 NPO団体が11月 「世界平和に貢献」
Article [Japanese]

December 4, 2013 | Roads Magazine
Hiroshima "Rising from the Ashes", A Poignant Book
Article & Interview [French]

February 24, 2014 | Hiroshima Peace Media Center
両親被爆体験 日本語に 米在住・美甘さん出版へ 構成担当者ら広島訪問
Article [Japanese]

August 7, 2014 | La Nacion
El cataclismo nuclear de Hiroshima narrado por un sobreviviente
Article [Spanish]

December 23, 2013 | Hiroshima Peace Media Center
Article [Japanese]

September 24, 2013 | Hiroshima Peace Media Center
許す心 伝えたい 広島出身・在米 美甘さん 英文の本 自費出版
Article [Japanese]