Nagasaki Tunnel Arms Factory became a refuge for victims of the world’s second atomic bombing
History can be found anywhere if one looks close enough — including under the road you’re driving on.
Nagasaki City’s Mitsubishi Sumiyoshi Tunnel Arms Factory is such a place.
Located about a mile from Nagasaki Peace Park, which was ground zero for the second atomic bomb ever used in combat, the tunnel arms factory sits almost completely obscured underneath the overpassing roadway. It remains an ominous aide-memoire.
I visited the tunnels on a sunny day in March. I parked at a convenience store and descended a nearby flight of stairs.
Peering inside, one could see the bare rock that witnessed unimaginable horrors. A heavily rusted torpedo that looked like it was found inside was also on display. I was left in awe of what had happened at the site and how much things have changed in the intervening years.
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