@97 days until Hiroshima Summit: Devastation caused by A-bombing in Motoujina

by Yumie Kubo, Staff Writer

The Grand Prince Hotel Hiroshima, located in Motoujina-machi, Minami Ward, Hiroshima City, the main venue for the summit meeting of the G7 (The Group of Seven industrialized nations), is situated about 5.8 kilometers south of the hypocenter.

According to the Record of the Hiroshima A-bomb War Disaster, just before the A-bombing on August 6, 1945, there were 262 houses, with 1,130 people living as part of 278 families in Motoujina-machi. The A-bomb’s blast damaged 90 percent of the houses, with windows broken and roof tiles blown apart, but many of the residents escaped injury.

Hiroko Tanaka, 80, a local who was two years old at the time, recalls by saying, “The window glass on the second floor of my house was broken and remained stuck in the ceiling. My mother said the doll I was holding had been blown to another house.”

(Originally published on February 11, 2023)