The bullet holes that still remain on the walls of the Former Hitachi Aircraft Tachikawa Factory Transformer Substation are still raw

Former Hitachi Aircraft Tachikawa Factory Transformer Substation
Gunshot residue at Former Hitachi Aircraft Tachikawa Factory Transformer Substation
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While Berlin has the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, which preserves the ruins of an old church destroyed in an air raid as a war memorial, Tokyo, which was similarly bombed in World War II, seems to have preserved no destroyed structures that would convey the damage of the war to future generations. There is no equivalent to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, and although photographs show a Tokyo that was completely burned to the ground in the air raids, the actual traces have been wiped clean and are not visible unless one consciously looks for them.

The Former Hitachi Aircraft Tachikawa Factory Transformer Substation in Higashi Yamato City is one of the few buildings in the city that still retains traces of the war in an easily recognizable manner. The surface of the unadorned concrete structure, which stands in Higashi Yamato Minami Park, is covered with bullet holes. At the time of World War II, this substation was located inside a Hitachi Aircraft factory. This company manufactured military aircraft and aircraft engines, and as a result, was subjected to machine gun fire by the U.S. military. The gunshot scars everywhere are so vivid that those who were born and raised in peaceful times may think that they are from a movie set.

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No

12353

Shooting Date

Jun 2022

Posted On

August 20, 2022

Place

Higashi Yamato, Tokyo

Genre

Architectural Photography

Camera

SONY ALPHA 7R II

Lens

ZEISS BATIS 1.8/85

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