100 items on display in New Arrivals Exhibit at Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum strengthen resolve for denuclearization

by Kana Kobayashi, Staff Writer

The New Arrivals Exhibit, introducing items donated to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum (in the city's Naka Ward) during fiscal 2020, is being held on the first floor of the basement in the museum’s east building. The exhibit has on display 100 items, including mementos, a death certificate, and photographs that have been held on to by A-bomb survivors and bereaved family members of A-bomb victims. The exhibit is scheduled to continue through January 2023. Admission is free.

An iron kettle used by Miyako Saito, then 23, who was working at the Hiroshima First Army Hospital (in the present-day area of Motomachi in the city's Naka Ward) at the time of the atomic bombing was found by her parents in the burned ruins of the hospital. Her remains have yet to be recovered.

A report card and an autopsy report of the Kameda siblings—Yaeko Kameda, then 14, who was killed in the atomic bombing at her home in the present-day area of Nakajima-cho in Hiroshima’s Naka Ward, and Masaki Kameda, then 12, who was killed in the atomic bombing during his work to demolish houses for the creation of fire lanes for the war effort—communicate the cruelty of the bombing, which took their young lives. The exhibit also has on display a health handbook used at the time for pregnant women and nursing mothers and a diary in which an A-bomb survivor who had lost ten members of her family in the bombing, including her husband and mother, wrote of her agony.

Michiko Nakasuga, 78, a part-time worker and resident of Hiroshima’s Nishi Ward, gazed intently at the exhibited items. “I was able to sense the resentment of A-bomb victims and the importance of life. We must never repeat the horror of the atomic bombing.” According to staff, 307 items were donated to the museum by 41 people during the course of fiscal 2020.

(Originally published on May 11, 2022)