Tsushimamaru Museum

Tsushimamaru Museum, Naha: Hours, Address, Tsushimamaru Museum Reviews: 4/5

Tsushimamaru Museum
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
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Wandering Mel
Minato, Japan384 contributions
Meaningful as a means to remember
Nov 2020
This museum is very meaningful, and the video they show brought me to tears. The museum staff can provide a brochure in English if you ask for one, which helps to understand the general story the museum seeks us to remember. There are also limited English signs that translations done by a group of 9th-grade students. They did a great job.
Written November 13, 2020
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Kieran B
14 contributions
Very good - but Japanese langauge only
Jan 2020
A very interesting museum. But you have to be able to read Japanese kanji (Chinese characters) as there are no translations into other languages. I speak Japanese, but cannot read Kanji, so unfortunately this was difficult :-(

The staff were very kind and helpful and explained the basic idea of what many of the boards said!
Written May 8, 2020
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KnowledgeTraveler
Chicago, Illinois, United States14 contributions
A reflection of Tsushimamaru Museum
Oct 2018 • Solo
I visited this memorial museum on 10/14/2018,and I was the only visitor during my 30-min visit there. There were a few more when I left.
This is a terrible tragedy during World War II, and an important lesson for all of us.
My first observation is the survival ratios: only 7% of children survived while 72% of crew and 49% of soldiers survived this tragedy. Not sure about the reason, and this is certainly a topic worth further study of the culture at that time.
While the memorial museum provides the "fact" of the tragedy, there was no "context" about why it happened and what led to this tragedy. If we do not know "why", talking about peace is just an illusion. Also if we do not talk about "why", I am not sure what the lesson we could learn from it.

The exhibits and audio/video are in Japanese only although it has brochure is English, Chinese, and Korean. Later I watched a YouTube clip, and it does have English caption to help me understand it. The museum should do the same.
Written October 15, 2018
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Dea
Jakarta, Indonesia91 contributions
Small and minimal
Nov 2016 • Solo
The museum is about the victims fromBattle of Okinawa, espcially from the sunken ship (if I am not mistaken). It's a house-like size museum, so it won't take long for you to finish. Good visual, but there is minimal English.
Since it is only 20 minutes walk from Kokusai dori, I do think it's still worth-visiting if you have free time. It's refreshing to see the local neighborhood.
Written December 14, 2016
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Bo N
Oslo, Norway40 contributions
A museum of cruelty during the war.
Nov 2015
The whole museum is about a Japanese ship filled with children, sunken by an American submarine during ww2. Its a video of how they found it with rov and sonar. Big tragedy and loss of many innocent school childrens life.
Written November 20, 2015
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Fabu
Ichikawa, Japan105 contributions
Recommended
Sep 2015 • Solo
This museum is about one of those stories of WW2 that are not on history books. It's a memorial for a ship called Tsushimamaru. The cargo was full of students escaping from Okinawa before American invasion. However the ship was sunk before reaching its destination and most of the children lost their lives. Very touching
Written September 20, 2015
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Allisbella
Sydney53 contributions
Start here for your education on Okinawa and its people
Jul 2015 • Business
Initiated me to a more comprehensive understanding of the Okinawa nation and its craft skills. Workshops are wonderful and engender a genuine experience of Okinawans and their treasured skills.
Written September 2, 2015
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lamj
Raleigh, NC24 contributions
Small museum - Japanese language necessary
Dec 2014 • Solo
This is a museum about the sinking of a Japanese evacuation ship during WWII. It's a sad part of war history, the truth only came out 20 years after the sinking incident as there was an initial gag order to cover up the incident. Sad history for sure - the museum calls for peace.

Museum shows the timeline and a movie describing the events leading to the sinking of the ship. At the bottom floor are the pictures of the deceased and the impact of war to the Okinawa area during WWII (by the student and teacher counts before, at the beginning and during the bombing of Okinawa)

The entire displays and the movie shown in the museum are all in Japanese, it would be fairly hard for non-Japanese speakers/readers to fully understand the history and the entire story.
Written December 18, 2014
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Montymontenegro
Naha, Japan2 contributions
Ship history
May 2013 • Couples
This is very small museum, I would not take small children to it, you would take advantage of the museum by taking someone to translate what's display, otherwise there isn't much English around. Staff is friendly but there wasn't any English speaking personnel when my wife and I went. Behind the museum are some nice trials to walk and nice view to the bay. You could probably see all the museum in 20 minutes (if you don't understand Japanese).
Written May 11, 2013
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SonsofBruce
Falkirk, UK41 contributions
Mans Inhumanity to Man
Nov 2012 • Couples
My wife and i visited this Museum whilst we were on a Far East Cruise, and happened upon the Museum when we were out walking.
The lady at the reception area was very helpful. and gave us handouts in English to help on the walk round the exhibits. The place is very atmospheric and when you see some of the photos and belongings of the children who perished it brings a tear to the eye.
We were the only non-japanese visiting the museum at the time, and when you looked at the other people walking round, you somehow got the feeling they wanted to communicate to you the tragedies that exist throughout all nations in the name of war.
I would thoroughly recommend a visit to everyone. This is a very thought provoking place.!
Written February 8, 2013
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