Tiled air raid shelter in Aichi hailed as work of art

February 14, 2015 @ JapanTimes


A private World War II air raid shelter exquisitely lined with colorful tiles has recently been opened to the public in Handa, Aichi Prefecture.

The work of a young tile tradesman facing military conscription, the room is attracting acclaim from historians as unique in cultural value.

Built in the basement of a storehouse owned by house renovator Yoshinoya, it can only be accessed via a special door.

At 2 meters by 3 meters in area and 2 meters high, the shelter can squeeze in 10 adults. The interior is covered with 2-cm square tiles in light pink, green and white.

The shelter was built in 1944 by Yasunori Kato, father of the current Yoshinoya president, 59-year-old Hiroyasu Kato.

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