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Today, anime retailer Animate sent out an unusual tweet: Its shop in Osaka’s Nipponbashi neighborhood will be closed for several hours tomorrow. The reason? A one-ton bomb.

This past March, construction workers discovered the one-ton bomb in Nipponbashi, Osaka’s geek district also known as “Den-Den Town.” According to NHK, the bomb was American-made and dates from World War II. Bombs that didn’t go off are still found all over Japan.

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During the War, the Americans bombed much of central Osaka flat. Below, you can see Namba, which is near Nipponbashi, after the 1945 air raids.

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Now, this area is densely packed with buildings and people.

The bomb, which measured around six-feet in length and approximately two feet in diameter, was found near the street known as “Ota Road” (“Ota” as in “otaku”). Animate is also located nearby.

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In the top photo, via blog 13 Dougakki, you can see the construction site with the blast area for the bomb. As NHK reports, a radius of nearly 1,000 feet is being sealed off and people will not be allowed to enter. Included in that is the geek street Ota Road.

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The area’s 2,200 or so residents are being asked to take safety outside the perimeter, and approximately 500 businesses wil be temporarily closed from 7:30am. The Japanese Self-Defense Force will begin removing the bomb at 8am, and if all goes as planned, work should be done by noon.

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This past March, there was concern that the bomb’s discovery could cause the Nipponbashi Street Festa to be cancelled. The bomb site was closed off, and the cosplay-heavy event went on as scheduled.

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Top photo: 13 Dougakki

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