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ID Code 1214-0023
Artifact Name Melted Go stones
Donor HAGIHARA Toshio
Receiving Date 2019/9/3
Size (W×H×D) (mm) 100×124×80
Distance from the Hypocenter(m) 1,000
Number 1
Location Tokaichi, Nakahiro areas
Description Melted Go stones
Donated by Toshio Hagihara
The donor's uncle, Choichi Kawamura (then 37), found these items in the burnt ruins of his parents' house, and preserved them carefully.
Choichi was exposed to the atomic bomb at work on August 6. He suffered only slight injuries, so on the 8th he walked around the city in search of his younger sister Tomie. However, he was unable to find her. On the 10th, he evacuated to a relative's house in the suburbs with his mother, Iso (then 56), who was seriously injured. Although he did his best to care for her, Iso died on September 19.
Choichi would have used these stones when playing Go games with the donor's father (then 34, and died in the atomic bombing). Developing cancer after the war, Choichi took his own life. Before dying, he gave these stones and a notebook with the words to “Kuju: A Song of Remembrance" to the donor. Choichi left many of his thoughts and feelings in this notebook.


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