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清岡美智子 – Michiko Kiyo-oka

November 28, 2010

Michiko Kiyo-oka was twenty-one years old at the time of the 10 March 1945 air raid on Tokyo’s Shitamachi district. Her family consisted of her parents, her elder sister, and herself. Kiyo-oka’s family lived in the Umamichi neighborhood of Asakusa, near the famous Sensoji temple. On the night of 10 March, her family fled to the banks of the Sumida River in the vicinity of the Kototoi Bridge. Kiyo-oka’s father and sister perished in the raid. The following interview (total running time: approximately 20 minutes) was conducted by Bret Fisk on 21 November 2010. Multiple language settings are available through the embedded player’s subtitle controls.


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Photographs of Kiyo-oka at eight months old and as a young woman before the air raid.