ひろしま戦前の風景 63.雪の本通り
[63]Hon-dori in the Snow

昭和15年(1940年)ころ 撮影:吉岡信一氏 提供:広島市公文書館 広島市中区本通

Filmed circa 1940 (Showa 15) by Shinichi Yoshioka
Original film courtesy of Hiroshima Municipal Archives
Hon-dori, Naka Ward, Hiroshima City
The footage records Hiroshima in the snow. Hon-dori is a 570-m shopping street connecting the city’s centers of commerce Kamiya-cho and Hacchobori. It prospered increasingly during and after the Taisho era, and today is home to about 200 shops. The footage shows Watanabe Doki-ten (today’s Watanabe Toen), which was established in the Edo period after relocating to Hiroshima to accompany the household of Asano Nagaakira when he was appointed daimyo of the Hiroshima domain. A purveyor of swords in the Edo period, the shop was primarily an ironmonger, selling items such as bronze braziers, vases, and Buddhist altar equipment in and after the Meiji era. After the Second World War, it became the china shop Watanabe Toen in response to a greater demand for chinaware. Watanabe Toen today occupies the third floor of the seven-story building Hondori Hills on the same site.
Compiled with cooperation from Watanabe Toen

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