The Excavation of Remains

Years after the bombing, the remains of A-bomb victims were found on Ninoshima, leading to more excavation work and the discovery of more remains.

From “Furusato Ninoshima (Homeland Ninoshima)” by Furusato Ninoshima Editorial Committee

Excavation DatePlaceContents

October-November 1971

Training garden of Ninoshima Junior High School

The cremated remains of 617 people. Nearly 60 artifacts, including knives, rings, and shoes.


September – November 1990

Municipal housing demolition site which revealed a former Horse Quarantine area and the remains of a crematorium for horses

300 shovelfuls of bone ash and fragments.


May – July 2004

Next to the area excavated in 1971

The remains of about 85 people and 65 artifacts.

First excavation site of remains

In 1971, remains were excavated from the training garden at Ninoshima Junior High School. Here, a woman prays in front of remains discovered at the site.

Photo by Yuichiro Sasaki
Courtesy of Yugo Shioura

Reunited after 26 years

Fumio Wakida's little sister, Michie Wakida (then, 14), was exposed to the bomb while working at her building demolition site, and was taken to Kanawajima Island where she died on the 9th.
Her father, Hikoichi, began to search for Michie the day after the bombing and learned that her remains had been sent to Ninoshima. He went to Ninoshima, but instead of receiving her ashes, all he was given were a few strands of her hair.
In November 1971, 26 years later, this pass case was found during Hiroshima City's search for remains on Ninoshima. The remains found near the pass case were determined to be Michie's and her ashes were returned to her family, 26 years after the atomic bombing.

Donated by Fumio Wakida

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