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Ninoshima of the Sleeping Dead
No accurate figures are available for the number that died.
In 1947, the city of Hiroshima gathered remains on Ninoshima and erected the Hiroshima City War Victims Ninoshima Tower.
After the war, the Horse Quarantine Station, where many bodies were thought to be buried, became home to the Ninoshima Elementary School, Ninoshima Junior High School (initially, Fourth Municipal Junior High School on Ninoshima). Municipal housing was also built on that site.

Personal items collected with bodily remains
Courtesy / Yoshitaka Nakatani
November 1971, Aza Majidomari Ninoshima-cho
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Remains leaving Ninoshima
Photographed and courtesy / Yoshitaka Nakatani
November 4, 1971, Offshore from Ninoshima

After being exhumed, the remains were held temporarily in the Ninoshima Temple. Then, after 26 years, they left Ninoshima and headed for Hiroshima. The remains were received and examined by the Medical Department at Hiroshima University, then they were cremated and placed into the Atomic Bomb Memorial Mound in Peace Memorial Park.
Members of the Hiroshima War Disaster Consolation Association picking human bones out of dirt next to coffins
Photo / Yuichiro Sasaki Courtesy / Kiyomi Sasaki November 1971, Aza Majidomari, Ninoshima-cho

The Hiroshima War Disaster Consolation Association (previously, the Hiroshima War Victims Consolation Association) was formed in January 1946 for the purpose of gathering the remains cremated and buried in various locations around Hiroshima and giving them proper burials. Day after day they witnessed and assisted with the excavation on Ninoshima.
地図 The recovery of remains from the training garden of Ninoshima Junior High School

Duration October 29th - November 20th (23 days)

Total excavated area 2,922m2

Recovery sites 9 sites, 107 m2 (approx. 517 bodies)

Cremation sites 7 sites, 70 m2 (approx. 100 bodies)

Recovered belongings 60

Bereaved family members who visited 126 individuals

Remains identified by belongings 7
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Bones placed into a white wood coffin
Photographed and courtesy / Yoshitaka Nakatani
November 1971, Aza Majidomari, Ninoshima-cho

An estimated 517 bodies were exhumed. Bone fragments and ash from approximately 100 partially cremated bodies were also found, bringing the total to 617 individuals.
Victims' belongings displayed in the search for family

Asahi Shimbun article dated November 27, 1972
Courtesy / Asahi Shimbun

From November 26 to December 10, 1971, the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Hall (now, the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum) publicly displayed the belongings found on Ninoshima. Through this display, five victims were identified. Along with the two who were identified before the display began, a total of seven victims' remains were returned to their families after 26
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This buckle was engraved with GRADUATE SUCCESS 2600. Hiroshima resident Chiyuki Tanabe told the authorities that he had designed the buckle himself. Thus, it was learned that it was one of 76 such buckles distributed to his classmates at Second Hiroshima Prefectural Junior High School to commemorate their graduation in 1940, which happened to be the 2600th year of the Japanese emperor. However, the owner of this buckle remains unknown.
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Newspaper article announcing the identification of Michie Wakida

Chugoku Shimbun, November 17, 1971
Pass case and coin

Approx. 1,200 m from the hypocenter, Zakoba-cho (now, Kokutaiji-machi)
Donor / Fumio Wakida

Michie Wakida (then, 14) was a second-year student at Yamanaka Girls High School attached to Hiroshima Women's Higher School of Education. She was exposed to the A-bomb at her building demolition worksite in Zakoba-cho. Her father, Hikoichi, found a note posted in the burned ruins of her school saying that Michie had died on the 9th on Kanawajima Island. He then learned that her body was transported to Ninoshima. Hikoichi went to Ninoshima on the 10th where he received only a few locks of her hair. This pass case, found during an excavation of graves on Ninoshima, says Michie Wakida, age 14. Thus, her remains were identified after 26 years.
Excavation of Remains on Ninoshima Photo
Time Excavation
November 1947 The city of Hiroshima gathered remains on Ninoshima and erected the Hiroshima City War Victims Ninoshima Tower.
August 1955 The remains were properly cremated and placed into the Atomic Bomb Memorial Mound in Peace Memorial Park.
October-November 1971 Approximately 617 bodies (including about 100 sets of cremated ashes) were found in a training garden of Ninoshima Junior High School.
May 1981 Based on testimony from ex-soldiers involved in A-bomb relief activities on Ninoshima, the city of Hiroshima conducted an investigation in a cove on the south side of the island. However, the cave said to hold the bodies was never located and no bodies were found.
September-October 1990 When a city housing complex was rebuilt in Aza Daio, Ninoshima-cho, the incinerator of the Horse Quarantine was discovered. Based on eyewitness testimony, it was learned that this incinerator was used to cremate human remains, so Hiroshima City excavated the site and gathered about 300 shovels full of human bone and ash.

Excavation of Remains discovered in Ninoshima Junior High School in 1971

Deformed lunchbox
69 Knife
70 Part of a ring
71 Toothbrush
73 Comb
75 Water bottle
72 Shoe soles
74 Change purse and change
76 Belt
77 Cenotaph for the A-bomb Victims on Ninoshima
Courtesy / Katsuo Miyazaki
1998, Aza Majidomari, Ninoshima-cho

In October 1971, the remains of several A-bomb victims were discovered in the training garden of Ninoshima Junior High School. Eventually, a total of 617 individuals' remains were recovered. This monument was built on the first anniversary of the discovery to renew Hiroshima's pledge of peace and console the souls of the victims.