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ID Code 1209-0101
Artifact Name Darumadaishi statue
Donor Matsuko UEMAE
Receiving Date 2010/06/28
Size (W×H×D) (mm) 130×280×120
Distance from the Hypocenter(m) 500
Number 1
Location Kamiya-cho, Hondori areas
Description Darumadaishi statue as sister's keepsake
Donated by Matsuko Uemae
500m from the hypocenter Tate-machi
Several days after the bombing, the donor Matsuko (then, 15) set out to look for her older sister Shigeko Hayasaki (then, 18) with her eldest sister. However, there was no trace of the house in Tate-machi, and there was absolutely nothing left, not even rubble. The place looked like a desert. When the bomb struck, Shigeko would have been on her way to work. Her bones have not been recovered. Shigeko's stepparents who she lived with are also missing. This Darumadaishi statue used to be placed in an alcove in the Hayasaki family home. It was recovered from the desert-like burnt-out site, and became the only keepsake of Shigeko.


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