One-Ton Bomb From WWII Temporarily Closing Osaka's Geek Street

One-Ton Bomb from WWII Temporarily Closing Osaka's Geek Street

Today, anime retailer Animate sent out an unusual tweet: Its shop in Osaka's Nipponbashi neighbourhood will be closed for several hours tomorrow. The reason? A one-ton bomb.

Picture: 13 Dougakki

This past March, construction workers discovered the one-ton bomb in Nipponbashi, Osaka's geek district also known as "Den-Den Town". According to NHK, the bomb was American-made and dates from World War II. Bombs that didn't go off are still found all over Japan.

One-Ton Bomb from WWII Temporarily Closing Osaka's Geek Street

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During the War, the Americans bombed much of central Osaka flat. Below, you can see Namba, which is near Nipponbashi, after the 1945 air raids.

One-Ton Bomb from WWII Temporarily Closing Osaka's Geek Street

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Now, this area is densely packed with buildings and people.

The bomb, which measured around six-feet in length and approximately two feet in diameter, was found near the street known as "Ota Road" ("Ota" as in "otaku"). Animate is also located nearby.

In the top photo, via blog 13 Dougakki, you can see the construction site with the blast area for the bomb. As NHK reports, a radius of nearly 300m is being sealed off and people will not be allowed to enter. Included in that is the geek street Ota Road.

One-Ton Bomb from WWII Temporarily Closing Osaka's Geek Street

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The area's 2200 or so residents are being asked to take safety outside the perimeter, and approximately 500 businesses wil be temporarily closed from 7.30am. The Japanese Self-Defence Force will begin removing the bomb at 8am, and if all goes as planned, work should be done by noon.

One-Ton Bomb from WWII Temporarily Closing Osaka's Geek Street

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This past March, there was concern that the bomb's discovery could cause the Nipponbashi Street Festa to be cancelled. The bomb site was closed off, and the cosplay-heavy event went on as scheduled.


Comments

    It wasn't too bad really. Was cleaned up nice and fast. Train services suffered a minor disruption. Luck it was Saturday

    Hey at least the JSDF got something to do! Can't imagine how much undetonated ordinance is still lurking around on the home islands. Not to mention everywhere else Axis/Allies tangled in the Pacific during WW2

      Apparently in Germany, they still find 15 unexploded WW2 bombs per day.

      Still, Laos is the worst. 80+ deaths a year from unexploded bombs from the Vietnam war. Tragic stuff.

      Last edited 11/05/15 10:35 am

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