@96 days until Hiroshima Summit: Anti-aircraft battery ruins

by Yumie Kubo, Staff Writer

Motoujina-machi, Minami Ward, Hiroshima City is part of the Setonaikai (the Seto Inland Sea) National Park and has a thick forest. Hidden in the heart of it is an anti-aircraft battery built by the army to shoot down enemy aircraft during the Pacific War. Now, only part of its pedestal remains.

According to the Hiroshima City Museum of History and Traditional Crafts, located in the city’s Minami Ward, there were three anti-aircraft batteries and an army barracks for the soldiers in Motoujina-machi. For two years from April 1946, the year after the atomic bombing, the barracks served as the temporary school building for Sanyo Junior High School (now Sanyo High School), whose school building in Takara-machi (now part of Naka Ward) was destroyed by fire in the A-bombing. Sanyo Gakuen’s commemorative publication conveys the situation at that time. During the war, a man living in Motoujina-machi, who sent his child to Sanyo Junior High School, gathered desks and chairs to support students’ learning.

(Originally published on February 12, 2023)