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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