Urban ‘tales’ claim that the tire you see in the pictures below, is from a B-29 bomber plane during WWll. I cannot find any information that substantiates this. FACT: There was a specific bombing campaign carried out on Kobe on March 16 & 17, 1945, as well as on a few dates after that, but I’m still not even sure that it’s true that this hotel was built around 1929-1932 and was actually around during the war. Most clues do lead to the fact that the tire is really from a B-29 bomber, but there’s no evidence to say it fell off a plane onto the hotel during the war or anything like that. Instead, it is likely, that a couple of things could have happened. It really could have fallen off of a B-29 almost anywhere on the mountain and from various earthquakes and such, it could have shifted over the years, to the area of the hotel. Also, it is quite possible that people carried it to the hotel to live among the various ‘props’ that have surfaced there (ex. red sofa, clearly not there when the hotel was in operation). Who knows? And that is part of the mysterious charm that this haikyo has over its visitors.
28apr14. Kobe, Japan. Maya Hotel, Mt. Maya.