Nobuko was born and raised in Hiroshima, Japan. After graduating from Hiroshima Jogakuin University, she studied at Iliff School of Theology and Claremont School of Theology in America. She was ordained as a United Methodist clergy in 1981. She served as a local church pastor in California, Colorado, and Hawaii and as a District Superintendent in Colorado. A scholarship named after her was established by Claremont School of Theology to honor her outstanding ministry.
Her mother and grandparents were less than a mile from the epicenter when the atomic bomb was dropped in 1945. Being a second-generation hibakusha, she tirelessly shared the stories of Hiroshima in America, showing the drawings of survivors.
She won an International Women’s Day Award from Asian-Pacific Americans for Nuclear Awareness for her contributions to the peace movement. She also received a “Trailblazer Award” from the American Association of University Women.
After 40 years living in the US, she is now back in Hiroshima, embarking on a new after-school ministry called “House for All”. Underprivileged children are being nurtured to grow in confidence and self-awareness as global citizens to build a peaceful world.