広島貯金支局
  • Hiroshima Branch of the Postal Savings Office

The building circa 1937 (Courtesy of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum)


Built in 1937, the Hiroshima Branch of the Postal Savings Office was a four-story building of reinforced concrete, complete with a finished basement.


During construction (Courtesy of the Hiroshima Municipal Archives)


1,600 meters from the hypocenter, the August 6 blast shattered all of the windows and reduced the bookshelves, desks, and chairs inside to splinters. Many of the employees inside the building lost their lives that day, and many more were injured. In the ensuing firestorm that raged around the building, 30 or so employees risked their lives to battle the flames, saving the building from complete destruction. The basement, still relatively intact, served as an evacuation site for the injured.



The building would undergo repeated repairs in the years to come, serving as the Hiroshima Savings Bureau until 1988, when a new branch office was completed in a different location. The Hiroshima Savings Bureau was demolished, and a section of roof tiles were preserved as a monument which remains on the grounds of the Japan Post Chugoku Region Office.


The monument today.

Information

Hiroshima Branch of the Postal Savings Office

  • Address
    15-1 Senda-machi, Naka-ku, Hiroshima City
  • Access
    Streetcar: Take the 1 streetcar line headed for Hiroshima Port (Hiroshima-kō // 広島港) and get off at the Hiroshima Red Cross Hospital (Nisseki Byōin-mae //日赤病院前).
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