Suicide Cliff
Suicide Cliff
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Gary L
Essex, VT202 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Business
The mind staggers at the tragic beauty of this place. As American forces advanced on Japanese positions on Saipan in July 1944 / WWII, the defending Japanese forces were compressed in to smaller and smaller perimeters on the north end of the island. Many civilians were with them, seeking to escape the advancing US military units. The Japanese defenders fought with valor and resilience - but they were outnumbered, and the outcome was never in doubt. With no retreat possible, and in accordance with Bushido warrior code many Japanese military personnel (and civilians) concluded their resistance at these cliffs. The American forces tried to convince the civilians they would be cared for, to no avail. The irony is that this is a simply beautiful spot, with unusually brilliantly blue ocean and brisk salt air from this remote Pacific paradise. Today, elderly Japanese still sojourn to this spot to comfort the souls of their loved ones who perished all those years ago at this beautiful somber spot. Getting to Suicide Cliff is a little tricky; upon approach to the area you will see a dirt road. Follow it. it will bring you to the interpretive displays at Suicide Cliff and there are memorials erected to the Japanese victims.
Written February 9, 2024
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Roomforerror
Lake Mary, FL61 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2015
It's hard to stand here and not think about what happened here. It's a beautiful spot with a great view, but the dark history makes it a place for solemn, silent introspection Drive up here on a clear night, and see more stars than you imagined possible. Watch out for ghosts, though. They're everywhere.
Written March 15, 2016
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EpiDoc
Suva, Fiji138 contributions
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Aug 2013 • Solo
It was on this site at the conclusion of the Battle of Saipan that many Japanese civilians plunged to their deaths rather than surrender to U.S. forces. To stand at this spot is almost like feeling history reverberating around you in the very rocks, trees, and monuments which mark this tragedy. The Japanese and other memorials are just as moving a tribute to those who lost their lives here. It is worth the time and effort to visit this spot while in Saipan. It should be noted that the video at the American Memorial Park Information Center contains information on Suicide Cliff.
Written September 28, 2013
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TWK435
Salt Lake46 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2012 • Friends
A factual-historical correction in response to "GrantMuir's" review - "Well, what can I say..."
The cliffs where NOT "Where local people used to jump off to get away from Japanese soldiers concentratuon camps..." They were where island residents jumped to their deaths to escape what they had been (incorrectly) told by the occupying Japanese soldiers, the raping and murdering invading Americans. Many island residents believed them because they knew the Japanese were capable of this. Sad but true.
Just wanted to set the factual record straight.
Written October 15, 2012
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arieltravels
17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019
Awesome view! The story i've heard was, during world war II, Japanese soldiers and their families would jump off the cliff instead of being caught because of fear that they will be tortured if they get caught.
Written September 18, 2019
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Sue R
Brighton and Hove, UK146 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017 • Solo
Japanese memorials mark Banzai Cliff and Suicide Cliff, sites from the 1944 Battle of Saipan. Whole families committed ritual suicide onto the rocks, or into the boiling sea below, to avoid the shame of surrender to the Americans. It’s a gorgeous view, so the site generates very mixed emotions, especially when you read that the older children had to push the younger ones over in turn
Written December 14, 2017
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Dee W
La Verne, CA101 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2017 • Couples
Such a tragic story...however we need to remember lest we repeat. So sad to know that thousands of people even civilians gave up their own lives here out of fear and the order of their emperor. Well done memorial.
Written November 6, 2017
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tim chang
Dubai, United Arab Emirates218 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017
The drive up to the cliff is beautiful and when you get to the top of the cliff, there isn't much to see but you can view the edge of the island and its beautiful ocean. A good place to hike for few miles.
Written March 29, 2017
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Shann115
Andover, MA31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Family
Marpi's point is one of the cliffs where the battle ended. As my father (WW2 veteran with the Marines in the Battle of Saipan) described -in the final battle of Saipan, the GI's were chased up the road by the Japanese, The Japanese were soused on sake, yelled Banzai and then jumped. Seeing the actual place was much more deeply intense than the old WW2 movie clips. It is a part of American History well worth seeing.
Written August 13, 2016
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GuillaumeAppollinair
Jacksonville, FL12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2012 • Solo
This is a very moving experience. Not being born until after World War II, I still got the feeling that there were lots of folks who knew someone who was part of the Battle for Saipan, including all the Japanese who came to place flowers or some type of artifact on the stone memorial with Japanese kanji to identify it. The memory of all these Japanese soldiers who jumped to their death still lingers.
Written September 19, 2013
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