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ID Code 4102-0011
Artifact Name Melted, fused Buddhist altarpiece
Donor Koichi Akimoto
Receiving Date
Size (W×H×D) (mm) 65×35×55
Distance from the Hypocenter(m) 650
Number 1
Location Tokaichi, Nakahiro areas
Description Melted, fused Buddhist altarpiece
Donated by Koichi Akimoto
Approx. 650 m from the hypocenter Sakan-cho (now, Tokaichi-machi 1-chome)
Yoshiko Akimoto (then, 31) was exposed at work in Nakahiro-machi, about 1,500 meters from the hypocenter. She escaped the fire by jumping into a river amid the black rain. From her place of refuge, she watched the city burn and prayed all night long for her family’s safety. They never even found the bones of her mother, Shige, who was probably exposed near the house. Yoshiko retrieved this Buddhist altarpiece from the ashes of her house.


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