how does one say "d’oh!" in japanese?

Here’s the story of Tsutomu Yamaguchi, who survived the atomic bombing of Hiroshima on August 6th, 1945.

He was in Hiroshima on a business trip that morning, and suffered burns when the atomic bomb leveled much of the city.  He spent the following night in Hiroshima, and then returned to his home city…of Nagasaki.  He arrived home just before that city was destroyed by the second atomic bomb dropped on Japan.

Tsutomu Yamaguchi is the only known person to have survived not one, but two atomic bombings.  Let’s hope he will remain the only known person to have done so, and there won’t be any future opportunities for anyone to claim that distinction.

11 thoughts on “how does one say "d’oh!" in japanese?

  1. THAT dude should buy lottery tickets…

  2. scotaku says:

    “ちくしゃあ” would probably work in this instance.

  3. Stingray says:

    Just because you’re paranoid doesn’t mean they’re not out to nuke you.

  4. Marko says:

    Yeah, I’m pretty sure he uttered the 1940s Japanese version of “Dude! WTF!” after that second nuke went off.

  5. Jay G. says:

    I’d wager it was along these lines…

  6. Kaerius(SWE) says:

    Closest to d’oh would probably be (in romanized form) shimatta.

  7. Tam says:

    Good thing for him he was in Hiroshima and Nagasaki rather than Hamburg and Tokyo.

    The idea that there are worse kinds of dead amuses me to no end…😉

  8. mts says:

    As bad as your day is going, you have nothing to complain about, for at you’re not getting nuked twice …

  9. CKL says:

    The real mind-bender is that I wrote a short story about this guy seven years ago, before even knowing that he existed. I hope Mr. Yamaguchi’s has lived a better life than the character in “True Story” (a 512 Words or Fewer flash fiction).

  10. Bond in Michigan says:

    Over 40 years ago I read the following book: Nine who survived Hiroshima and Nagasaki: personal experiences of nine men who lived through the atomic bombings, Robert Trumbull, Charles E. Tuttle Company, 1957. When I was a teenager it made such a strong impression on me I still remembered the title. I will see if my local library has it on their shelves. Perhaps these other survivors are gone or could not prove they were at both bombings.

    “This book describes the experiences of nine men, each of whom survived both the Hiroshima and the Nagasaki atomic bombings. The men worked in Hiroshima, or were conscripted by the army in Hiroshima and returned home to Nagasaki to be with their families. They describe the bombings, other survivors, and searching for family. Their narratives provide a personal, detailed report of the actions taken by ordinary people in both cities. One of the men went on to become the governor of Nagasaki Prefecture. It was the Atomic Bomb Commission that identified the men through the supplemental questionnaire that was added to the 1950 national census of Japan at the Commission’s request. The book alternates between men in order to tell the story as a whole chronologically.”

  11. My fellow on Orkut shared this link with me and I’m not dissapointed at all that I came here.

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