1,000-Person Mound in Ninoshima Quarantine Facility near Hiroshima

Here is a column, on top of a large mound of earth, with Japanese writing.

Grave marker with 1000-Person Mound written in India ink

Photo / Shunkichi Kikuchi Courtesy / Tokuko Kikuchi
October 17, 1945, Aza Majidomari, Ninoshima-cho

This mound was by the sea in Majidomari near the Horse Quarantine Station. About August 25, 1945, the marker was placed there by quarantine staff during a memorial service. In those days, burial sites were everywhere.

#28. Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Special Exhibit on the Island of Final Rest (2003).

As a sort of virtual tour guide, the Special Exhibit includes these manga drawings of a grandmother, who had been a nurse during the war, showing her grandchildren through the exhibit.

In front of this photograph, the granddaughter asks "Are these all graves?" while the grandson stares. The grandmother replies, "Because so many died at once, it was impossible to bury them all in individual graves."

One Response to “1,000-Person Mound in Ninoshima Quarantine Facility near Hiroshima”

  1. Daniel Rush Says:

    It’s time the Japanese stop exploiting the atomic bombings as badges of personal victimhood and start taking full responsibility for the events that led them to Hiroshima. Had the forces of reason and peace amoung the Japanese public been more willing to risk death rather than silence as their imperial war masters laid their plans for a catastrophe, millions of lives could have been saved.

    Japan would have prospered faster had it been part of the alliance against Hitler in 1939 but allas the Japanese public chose timidity rather than bravery and allowed the war mongers in the government to declare an insane venture into China. The rest of the war history is blame on the shoulders of the Japanese of that generation. It’s time you accepted this truth and moved forwards.

    Let the dead of Hiroshima rest and disolve in the passage of time.

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