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"Asakusa Tori-no-Ichi Festival, September 1940" Photo gallery with audio commentary: "Tokyo: The Imperial Capital"

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Woodblock exhibition sheds light on ascent of Japan's imperial capital after quake

The earthquake struck two minutes before noon with devastating force. The midday meal was close at hand, and charcoal and wood stoves were being stoked in preparation. Fires quickly engulfed houses in the congested city, and a strange series of windstorms and cyclones spawned by intense heat and lack of oxygen sped the destruction.


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