Here in Hatsune Forest Public Park, a cave-like air raid shelter is still located. The area is protected by a fence for safety, and now wild nature has taken over completely. When I was shooting there, a neighbor told me that he used to play around the shelter when he was a kid. (Taito Ward, Tokyo. 2014.06.14)
This is an air raid shelter that survived WWII in the Gyokurinji Buddhist Zen Temple at Taito Ward, Tokyo. It is well kept and miraculously intact because it is made of gravestones and was a little off-center from ground zero (Koto Ward, Sumida Ward) of the Tokyo Air Raid. It's located at the private graveyard of the temple, not open to the public right now. The shelter had been buried in the ground since the war ended, but Toshio Kosaka (66), a grave keeper at the temple, dug it up 19 years ago and has been maintaining it with a sense of pride since then. In a way, he is one of war history's memory keepers.
It is distressing to imagine that evacuees who wanted to escape from the fear of death were simultaneously surrounded and protected by the dead. But there was no other way, it was a matter of life and death. I wonder what people felt and whispered to each other in the cold, damp darkness during the raids. (Taito Ward, Tokyo. 2015.08.17)