【 Artwork on the Stairway 】

Mutchan Peace Sculpture

Mutchan was a young girl who starved to death in an air-raid shelter where she had been quarantined because she had tuberculosis. She never learned that the war had ended. The only other information that is known about her is that she was in the 6th grade of a national school around that time, that her mother and younger brother had gone missing in an air raid, and that she was sent to live with her aunt in the city of Oita. A newspaper article about her death evoked a huge response. Funds poured in from all over the country for Heijin Murakami to make the Mutchan Peace Sculpture and place it in a park in Oita City. In 2005, the original work