To honor the 69th anniversary of the atomic bomb being dropped on Hiroshima, George Takei visited the Japanese port city to learn about the effects of the bomb and remember family he lost in the aftermath.
The strife between Japan and the U.S. during World War II is very personal for Takei. Only 8 years old when the bomb was dropped, the actor himself was living in a Japanese-American internment camp in California. He didn't learn until after the war that he lost both a grandmother and an aunt as a result of the bombing.
In the latest episode of his AARP-produced YouTube series, Takei’s Take, the actor returns to the city and shares how a place that was the site of such a massive act of war has become “a place fervently committed to peace.”
See his Hiroshima-based episode of Takei’s Take above.