Tibbets: Lt. Col. Paul W. Tibbets commanded the B-29 that dropped the Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima. "At the moment of the blast, there was a tingling sensation in my mouth and a very definite taste of lead upon my tongue." (Tibbets,1978)

Fukuryu Maru: The Lucky Dragon, a 93-ft. Japanese trawler with a crew of 23. On March 1, 1954, fishing 85 miles east of Bikini Atoll, it was caught in the fallout from a U.S. nuclear test. All of its crew suffered radiation sickness; one sailor died nine months later. Although in medieval Europe a dragon was symbolic of the Devil, in the Far East one aspect of the dragon represents good luck. (In China a red dragon is the guardian of "higher science.")

suddenly crying: When biophysicist Yasushi Nichiwaki held his Geiger counter to the fish from the Fukuryu Maru, "his instrument rattled away to the tune of 2,000 counts per minute! Personifying the situation, the bystanders murmured in awe, 'The fish are crying.' Thereafter, radioactive fish became known as 'crying fish.'" (Lapp,1958)

mirrored: "'A double mirror,' he said, 'separates us from the Lord so that God sees Himself when trying to see us, and we, when trying to see Him, see only our own face.'" (Jabes,1977)

Snark: Coined by Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson), English mathematician and author of children's books, with reference to his poem, "The Hunting of the Snark." In a letter to a child friend, Carroll wrote, "Of course you know what a Snark is? If you do, please tell me." Here the Snark is a cruise missile with a self-contained celestial navigation system. The Snark was an interim weapon, used until ICBM's became operational, and was phased out in the 1960's.

smoke rings: A characteristic of the Minuteman (ICBM) is a vivid smoke ring from its first stage exhaust.

Sun wears: "to the alchemist the Sun was in fact black." (Zolla,1978). "And the man in the black coat turns, and goes back/down the hill./No one knows why he came, or why he turned away,/and did not climb the hill." (R. Bly. From, "Snowbanks North of the House.")

Its own shape: "It is possible to speak of the true form of a kimono only after it has been put on the human body." (Yamanaka,1982)

knot's path: The knot of the kimono's sash is "the resting place of the soul." When tied in back, the knot indicates an unmarried (presumably virgin) girl.

St. George: "The town of St. George, Utah, which lies about 242 km east of Yucca Flats (Nevada nuclear test site), has become known as Fallout City. On May 19, 1953, an unspecified accident with the detonation of a bomb called 'Harry' exposed St. George to more fallout than was ever to be measured in any other populated area." (Zimmermann & Dennis,1984). Very little is known about the life of St. George, except that he served in the Roman Army, slew his dragon in either Libya or Syria, and was martyred on April 23, 303, by decapitation. The patron saint of England, soldiers and armorers, legend has him slaying a dragon in a meadow near Brinsop church.

rice: "I saw Professor Takenaka standing at the foot of the bridge (in Hiroshima)...he had a rice ball in his right hand...His naked figure standing there before the flames with that rice ball looked to me as a symbol of the modest hope of human beings." (Inoue,1977)

skeletal: "In (Professor Shogo) Nagaoka's home piles of fragments and remnants (from Hiroshima) grew taller, memorials to a technological civilization entering the suicidal phase: ulcerated gas-cookers, bicycles turned to corkscrews, a section of a motor-car engine into which was horribly fused the skeleton hand of the mechanic who had been tinkering with it...(Jungk,1961)