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ID Code 1103-0040
Artifact Name Shamisen
Receiving Date 2015/06/09
Size (W×H×D) (mm) 210×980×100
Distance from the Hypocenter(m) 1500
Number 1
Location Tokaichi, Nakahiro areas
Description Shamisen
Donated by Reiko Morikawa (maiden name: Sakoda)
Approx.1,500m from the hypocenter Nakahiro-machi
Ms. Reiko Morikawa (maiden name: Sakoda, then, 9), who was a fourth-year elementary school student at the time, was evacuated with her grandmother Mineyo (then, 63) to Saijo-cho, Hiba County. At her home in Nakahiro-machi was her aunt Ms. Teruko Yoshii (then, 33) and her cousin Misao (then, 3). The home in Nakahiro-machi was completely destroyed by the atomic bombing, injuring Teruko and Misao. Although the home escaped fire damage, almost all their possessions, including their bedding and clothing, were stolen in the chaos following the disaster. Nevertheless, this shamisen of Mineyo was left as it had been in the tokonoma alcove of the house.

Remarks by Ms. Reiko Morikawa (Maiden Name: Sakoda)
I heard that although it was the middle of summer, it was very cold on the night of the atomic bombing. It would not have been surprising if someone had made a fire by burning this shamisen to warm themselves. I feel that the survival of this instrument shows that people maintained their respect even amid the unprecedented chaos.


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