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|Masami KOIKE、Futoshi TANIMOTO
|Size (W×H×D) (mm)
|Distance from the Hypocenter(m)
|Kokutaiji, Senda areas
Donated by Masami Koike and Futoshi Tanimoto
Approx. 2,100m from the hypocenter Senda-machi 2-chome
With his admission to Second Hiroshima Prefectural Junior High School, Masami Koike (then, 15) began to share a room with his cousin Futoshi Tanimoto (then, 22) at a boarding house. At night, they shared this mosquito net when they slept. In the summer of 1945, Masami had returned to his parent's home and the vacationing Futoshi was under this net lying down when he experienced the atomic bombing. When he regained consciousness, he was pinned under a collapsed wall and, covered in blood, began to crawl out. He stuffed this net into the emergency bag that Masami had prepared and escaped. He and the other students who were staying at the same boarding house took refuge in the athletic field at Hiroshima University of Literature and Science, which was teeming with the injured. That night, he set up this mosquito net and invited women and the injured inside, where they all kept vigil through the night. On the way home, he stopped by the Koike residence before arriving at his house in Otake City on the morning of August 8. From September, he was overcome by an inexplicable fever and his mouth began to fester. For the next three months, he was only able to drink a thin rice gruel, but somehow he managed to recover.