Piano which survived Hiroshima blast to be played at peace concert
Published on February 9th, 2010 | by Admin2
The instrument was in the Hiroshima home of Matsuba when United States aircraft dropped the first atomic bomb over the city on 6 August, 1945.
Around 140,000 people were estimated to have been killed and 60 per cent of buildings in the city were destroyed, but both the piano and its owner managed to survive.
The piano, bought by Matsuba’s mother in 1933, and sustained only slight damage after being toppled over by the explosion, despite its location only 1.3 km from ground zero.
Matsuba, who now lives in Sendai, north Japan, agreed to rent the piano to the group for one year, describing such a use as an “honour”, according to Kyodo News.