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11:02 A.M., August 9th, 1945. Nagasaki, Japan.

August 9th, 2006

Here is a shattered wall clock, with the hands stopped at 11:02 A.M.

Found in a house near Sanno Shinto Shrine in Sakamoto-machi, about one kilometer from the hypocenter. The clock was shattered by the blast, and its hands stopped at 11:02-the moment of the explosion.

The Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum

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Koharu Hirakawa’s eyeglasses

August 6th, 2006

Here are an old pair of eyeglasses with circular frames.

Donated by Mihoko Naito, Akira Hirakawa
1,350m from the hypocenter
Sumiyoshi Bridge

Koharu Hirakawa (then, 50) was a teacher at Hijiyama Elementary School. She was exposed to the bomb in front of the Sumiyoshi Bridge in a truck carrying bags for her pupils who were leaving for their evacuation locations. When the bomb detonated, the bags ignited, and the head teacher instructed everyone to flee. He thought Koharu had fled with the others, but she was never seen again. In December 1945, her brother Akira (then, 21), when he attended her father’s memorial service, put a bowl he found in her totally destroyed house into a box of pawlonia wood in place of her remains. At that time, it was reported that Koharu’s bag had been found. In it were these glases, savings bonds and other valuables and the business cards of her two sons.

Hiroshima Memorial Peace Park

8:15 AM, August 6th, 1945. Hiroshima, Japan.

August 6th, 2006

Here is a pocket watch, stopped at 8:15am.

Donated by Kazuo Nikawa
1,600m from the hypocenter
Kan-on Bridge

Kengo Nikawa (then, 59) was exposed to the bomb crossing the Kan-on Bridge by bike going from his home to his assigned building demolition site in the center of the city. He suffered major burns on his right shoulder, back, and head and took refuge in Kochi-mura Saiki-gun. He died on August 22. Kengo was never without this precious watch given him by his son, Kazuo.

Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum

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