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Talk + Walk at A-bombed Deshio Warehouses
February 9, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am
The Deshio Warehouses are Hiroshima’s biggest surviving A-bombed buildings. They look strong as they were built more than 100 years ago with reinforced concrete on the inside and red brick on the outside. You can see the damage the building withstood from the Atomic blast by the iron doors along the side of the building which are bent and damaged. Unfortunately, despite their unique appeal and historical legacy, the Hiroshima government plans to pull them down. I hope we can show that the international community supports the preservation of this building’s history and legacy.
Where are they?
Travel toward Ujina port from Hiroshima station, past Hijiyama mountain park, on the left hidden behind shops and houses, you can find access to the long row of Red Brick buildings behind the 7-11 Convenience store – a stark contrasting view of old and new worlds.
You can visit this area at any time, but if you can make it for the event when we have local campaigners as speakers, it would be even more interesting for you.
On Sunday, February 9th from 9-10 am we will meet there (just beyond the 7-11) to walk the outer expanse of the long red brick buildings which have survived over 100 years. We will listen to stories by local activist and singer Mayu Seto. Mayu-san is the grandchild of a Hibakusha and has been working with the group trying to campaign to preserve these warehouses. The preservation group was started by a survivor, Mr.Iwao Nakanishi, who actually was one of the mobilized students working at this building during WWII. Nakanishi-san gives credit to the building for his surviving the Atomic bomb blast. This is the page for the 旧広島陸軍被服支廠倉庫保存・活用キャンペーン (preservation campaign) group’s facebook page and website in Japanese.
Mayu will be telling stories in English and as a professional singer, she has also agreed to sing an acapella version of her original song about Peace at this event at the end of this walk.
This event will be a good chance to see the buildings for yourself- take in the strength and beauty of the red-brick structure, also notice the buckled doors as they withstood the Atomic blast. Also, a chance to hear more about the buildings, the stories and heritage they represent. It is a serene and powerful place to walk around, especially impressive when you can hear stories at the site.
No reservations needed to join. If you would like to make a donation to the group’s campaign, please feel free to do so at the event.