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School uniform found in the burnt-out ruins

1945-08-20/1945-08-20

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum
Hiroshima, Japan

This is Mutsuko’s school uniform, which had been made from the fabric of her father Shuichi’s kimono, worn by Mutsuko (then, 12) on the day of the bombing. Since it seems to have been placed neatly folded in the shadows, the school uniform escaped being burned away. Around August 20, Shuichi found the uniform under roof tiles that had piled up at her work site in Dohashi. Her mother Yasuyo (then, 37), who could not go search for Mutsuko due to her injuries, waited for her daughter to return home, but broke down crying when she saw this school uniform brought back by her husband, since it meant she had to accept that her daughter was no longer alive.

Details

  • Title: School uniform found in the burnt-out ruins
  • Date: 1945-08-20/1945-08-20
  • Location: near Dohashi, approximately 800 meters from the hypocenter.
  • Contributor: Donated by Shuichi Ishizaki, Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum collection

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