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ID Code 3501-0051
Artifact Name Wristwatch
Donor ARII Masako
Receiving Date 2015/06/29
Size (W×H×D) (mm) 25×35
Distance from the Hypocenter(m) 600
Number 1
Location Tokaichi, Nakahiro areas
Description Wristwatch
Donated by Masako Arii
Approx. 600m from the hypocenter Sakai-machi
Mr. Shoji Yoshioka (then, 31) worked for the Hiroshima Prefectural Police Department. On August 6th, he took the Kabe Line to fetch some papers from the prefectural Government office and got off at Yokogawa Station, and got lost after that. To confirm his safety, his parents entered the city on August 8th, and searched for him around the prefectural Government office, but could not obtain any clues. His wife Misako, who had just had a baby, asked her elder brother Masami to help find Shoji. Misako remembered that Shoji had been sick and went to a hospital in Sakai-machi, so she wondered if he might have dropped in at the hospital before going to work. On August 13th, Masami and some other people headed to Sakai-machi, where they found that the hospital had been burned down without leaving a trace. They dug the places where was supposed to be the examination room and the waiting room, and found Shoji’s bones and seal. Until today, 70 years after the atomic bombing, the family of Yoshioka continued to preserve these items with considerable care and pray for the repose of his soul.


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