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The Pagoda Built in the Memory of the Great Typhoon Victims

 Near the altar dedicated to Uga Tokushō Ryūjin there is a pagoda erected in the memory of those who perished during the Great Typhoon. At 5 o'clock in the morning of September 21st, 1934 the Typhoon Muroto (which hit Muroto Point) struck again Kobe, crossed Honshū and moved away over the Japan Sea. When it reached Muroto Point, it had a pressure of 911 hectopascals at its barometric center, and the anemometers broke while recording a wind speed of 60 m/s (according to one theory, the actual velocity was of 84.5 m/s). It is thus the greatest typhoon ever recorded.

 The typhoon started from the coast of the Philippines on September 15th, reaching the shores of Japan on September 20th, when a hot strong wind made the temperature in Osaka rise to 32.3 degrees at 11 o'clock in the morning. The Meteorological Agency issued a warning, but at that time, the population's awareness of disaster prevention was very low, and measures for closing down the schools, for example, were not even established. Adding to the unfortunate course of events was the fact that September 21st was the day when school textbooks became available for purchase, so many children faced the strong wind and went to school. When the typhoon struck Osaka and Kobe after 8 o'clock, the parents who had come to meet their children sought shelter inside the school, causing the buildings to collapse and crush the children inside. In Sakai, 39 children perished inside Nishiki Elementary School, a wooden building dating from the beginning of the Meiji era. The Sanbō area was hit by an exceptionally high wave caused by the fact that the embankment of the Yamato River gave way, and 55 children lost their lives. Across the country, more than 3000 people were dead or missing, and memorial pagodas were raised for them in all areas. The Pagoda from Gatsuzōji was donated in 1935 by the Araki family, in the memory of the typhoon victims.