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“Plea for peace”

Okinawa Peace Memorial Park
Ranked #1 of 38 things to do in Itoman
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed September 12, 2013

The Peace Memorial Park gives a careful account of the suffering of Okinawan people before, during and after the Battle of Okinawa until the present including reversion from control of USA to Japan in 1972. The displays, depictions, models and film with English audio guides give a sense of the awful experiences of the people before during and after the war. The Japanese aimed to suppress the language and culture of Okinawa. The battle all but destroyed the island. More civilians died than did soldiers. They lived in refugee camps and were very poor for years after the war. They protested for human rights and land rights against the Americans until reversion to Japanese rule in 1972. The memorial to all the dead in the gardens with their names set in stone is hard to grasp in its extent.

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Reviewed August 16, 2013

Having a couple of tired little kids here didn't help much. All I wanted to do was walk around and soak it in. When you come to a place like this you come to realise what a total waste of human life this battle was. I wonder why others cannot seem to learn from these tragedies It was super hot when we were here and got here by taxi. There are few buses in and out

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Reviewed May 20, 2013

This was a great place to visit to learn about what happened in Okinawa during World War 2. We didn't know anything about the Battle of Okinawa and were very moved by the hardships that the people faced during and in the aftermath of the war. It seems like an unbiased account from the point of view of Okinawans, as the Japanese soldiers' atrocities are focused on during the Batlle of Okinawa, followed by the American occupation of the island, the heavy-handedness of which prompted the Okinawans to demand to be returned to Japan. It is truly informative, especially because most of us probably don't know what happened in Okinawa unless we are history buffs or have a relative who fought in the war.

The grounds of the museum are expansive, with beautiful views of the ocean from the memorial stones with the names of everyone who died on Okinawa as a result of the war. There is really no place to eat in the vicinity apart from a couple of vendors selling Okinawa soba and ice cream, as the cafeteria in the museum itself has closed. We learned this the hard way and ended up actually driving away to find someplace to eat, which landed us in the parking lot of Okinawa World (see my separate review) which was less than 10 minutes away. Okinawa World was so enjoyable that we actually stayed there until it closed and returned to Peace Memorial Park the next day. It is only about 30 minutes from downtown Naha in the countryside, so it was a peaceful and enjoyable drive.

The Peace Memorial Museum was only 300 yen, and there is a free audio guide which I highly recommend for English speakers. Most of the signs were in English so there is plenty to read if you don't speak Japanese. Please go if you go to Okinawa.

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Reviewed May 11, 2013

I visited as part of an organized group tour of the Okinawa Battle sites. This was our last stop prior to returning to Camp Foster, so we only had less than an hour to visit. Unfortunately, this time frame did not allow me to visit the Okinawa Prefectural Peace Museum not go up to see the Cornerstone of Peace. I did have a peaceful walk on Peace Hill, along the Memorial Path and enjoyed the overlook to the Pacific Ocean. I also enjoyed seeing all the carp flags on the ceremony grounds. A visit here should be a two-to three-hour minimum.

1  Thank CCC_wanderlust
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Reviewed February 7, 2013

The Okinawa Peace Memorial Park is a stately remembrance monument park to the fallen in war and to look onward toward a future with full of peace.

If you are visiting Okinawa as a tourist, this should find a spot on your itinerary because Okinawa is impacted culturally by the war and its aftermath.

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