Peace Museum 2011
In 2011, I went to Okinawa to attend the 5th Worldwide Okinawan Festival.
While there, we visited the Peace Memorial Museum. I had seen it before, five years prior, but this time I took many more pictures of the grounds. I hardly spent any time in the museum itself.
What is the Peace Memorial Museum?
The website states, "The Okinawa Prefectural Peace Memorial Museum was established to display the range of individual war experiences of the people in this prefecture, to mourn for those who perished during the war, pass on to future generations the historic lessons of the Battle of Okinawa, and convey our message to the peoples of the world."
It would be a lovely location if you did not know the history behind it. As it is I found it incredibly peaceful and sad, to think of all the people who died there who would have wanted very much to enjoy a quiet sunny day instead.
The former battlefield now contains a series of stone monuments with the names of everyone who died there, no matter which side they were on, as well as an eternal flame.
Send comments, suggestions, or corrections to: