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ID Code 3111-0001
Artifact Name Cotton work glove
Donor Takayuki Takagi
Receiving Date 1987/08/05
Size (W×H×D) (mm) 150×210
Distance from the Hypocenter(m) 1200
Number 1
Location Kokutaiji, Senda areas
Description Mother’s Cotton Work Glove and Towel
Donated by Takayuki Takagi
Toshiko Takagi experienced the atomic bombing during her labor service. Her entire body was exposed to the heat rays. Her face was so charred that even her family could not easily identify her. Her husband Takayuki ran around the city to obtain medicine and took care of her in every possible way. However, Toshiko developed a high fever, and the burn wounds over her body festered. Her condition continued to deteriorate. At 10:50 a.m. on August 10, after suffering a long and agonizing pain, she died leaving her husband and three children behind. These work gloves and towel are the items Toshiko was using at the time of the bombing.

“My younger sister, Makiko told me that while my mother stayed in bed with severe burns, she held Makiko to such an extent that her festered wounds stuck onto Makiko.
I also heard that my mother kept asking ‘(Take) my photo for Yasuyuki! ’ until the moment she died. I was evacuated and away from home at that time.
Even on the brink of death, she was caring about me, who was not able to meet her again.
Whenever I think of my mother, I cannot hold back the tears. I got separated from her when I was only nine, when I needed affection and attention from her the most.” (Story by Yasuyuki)


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