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ID Code 1202-0020
Artifact Name Fountain pen
Donor Tetsuo Kawakami
Receiving Date 1974/08/05
Size (W×H×D) (mm)
Distance from the Hypocenter(m) 1400
Number 1
Location Kokutaiji, Senda areas
Description Fountain pen
1,400 m from the hypocenter Ote-machi 9-chome (now, Ote-machi 5-chome)
Donated by Tetsuo Kawakami
Tetsuo Kawakami (then, 33) was exposed near the Hiroshima Red Cross Hospital on his way from home to work. Badly burned, he was taken to a relief station. His wife Kimi feared the worst, so when, a week later, she heard where he was, she ran to him. She found her husband with skin so burned it was dangling in shreds. His clothes, except his underpants, had been burned off. Thanks to Kimi's devoted care, Tetsuo was able to leave his bed a year later. This fountain pen had been in the pocket of his national uniform. When the cloth was burned away, the pen remained stuck to his skin.


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