Rising from the Ashes

A True Story of Survival and Forgiveness from Hiroshima

AuthorDr. Akiko Mikamo
EditionFirst 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 here.

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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.

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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.

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 development is near completion and we expect to start shooting the film in Fall this year.

Press & Media (English)

Reviews, Interviews, and Media Coverage

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

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

May 25, 2014 | TogiNet Radio

Radio 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
My Father Survived Hiroshima
Radio Interview [English]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Press & Media (Other Languages)

Reviews, Interviews, and Media Coverage

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

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

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]

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