The Okinawa today flourishes…
The families live in freedom and protection. They eat together, play together, work and dream for brighter future.
The old Okinawa was salvaged. Their rich culture maintained.
Some structures were saved and regained. And the beauty of Okinawa’s preserved.
It continues to grow …
This island has endured a dark, harrowing past, the Battle of Okinawa.
In late March 1945, “Typhoon of Steel” or the Battle of Okinawa took place on this island. For 3 months, this battle destructed the islands’ wealth and culture, and claimed the precious lives of 200,000 militaries and civilians. Some were blown apart. Some were driven to commit suicide. Some died of starvation, disease, and others fell victim to Japanese troops.
The Battle of Okinawa Museum features 5 Exhibit Rooms. It includes the Battleground of Hell which displays the cave where civilians were slaughtered, or forced to commit mass suicide. Another room shows testimonials made by the witnesses of war. The last room exhibits the progress of Okinawa including the reconstruction of Okinawa, and also the influences from the American settlement on the island.
Outside is the Peace Prayer Park…
This war experience is at the very core of what is popularly called the “Okinawan Heart,” a resilient yet strong attitude to life that Okinawan people developed.
This establishment hopes to convey their message to the world displaying the whole range of the individual war experiences of the people in this prefecture.
The “Cornerstone of Peace” is a collection of large stone plates with the names of all soldiers and civilians who died during the Battle of Okinawa.
The “Okinawan Heart” is a human response that respects personal dignity above all else, rejects any acts related to war, and truly cherishes culture, which is a supreme expression of humanity.
All images are taken from the museum except for the first one. Some words are adopted on the Museum’s pamphlet. Sources: Official Website.
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