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Review of Peace Osaka

Peace Osaka
Ranked #125 of 1,170 things to do in Osaka
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Reviewed January 17, 2013

We visited Peace Osaka after going to Osaka Castle (about a 10 minute walk through the park). We used our Osaka Unlimited 2 Day Pass , which is 2700 yen and includes attractions, subways and buses. This museum was the first one I've been to in Japan where Japan openly places the blame for it's own suffering and the suffering of other nations during the period from the Manchurian Incident through to the end of the Second World War squarely on itself, (as a result of it's own aggressions). It also acknowledges war atrocities and other crimes against humanity. The theme of the museum is that war is terrible and brings suffering.
The first very effective exhibition is about the incendiary bombing of Osaka during WW2. It tells the story, in Japanese and English, effectively through war footage and personal accounts. The second exhibition is about Japanese aggressions in other Asian countries. The third exhibit was a temporary installation with no English, but it seemed to be related to WW2.
The Peace Osaka building is architecturally interesting, but the building and the exhibits are looking a bit tired. I would recommend the museum to history buffs, but not to families - it's too confronting for kids.

3  Thank Fascinatingrhythm
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Reviewed September 16, 2012

After reading the reviews we were expecting a quiet afternoon at this museum. However we were met by the noisy excitement of school children on a field trip. It’s good that they are exposed to and learn from the harsh realities of war. The museum was divided into a section on the bombing of Osaka. First-hand accounts by survivors were graphic and emotional. The extensive damage and hardship was documented. The second section was on WWII. This documented the timeline and various areas/countries invaded. The tone of this was decidedly different than before when Japan was portrayed as liberators. Now there was admission of aggression and abuse especially in the documentation of the Nanjing massacre. The last section was an interesting promotion of peace. The doomsday clock was especially thought provoking. It’s a measure of how close we were from “doomsday” based on wars and conflicts around the world, natural disasters and environmental changes. Very interesting and worthwhile for those interested in history. It’s small and so can be finished in a short time. There are English commentaries. Drop by after or before visiting Osaka castle nearby.

2  Thank Emily W
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Reviewed July 18, 2012

This museum/facility is small and pretty good; not worth a special trip. Located on the south side of Osaka Castle Park, close to the castle and to the Osaka History Museum. Displays and films offer English language versions (except for the main film). But the focus is primarily on two things: incendiary bombing of Osaka during WWII, and Japan/WWII. Very little on peace, peace treaties, peace movements, etc. I wish that the sight of old photos of Osaka destroyed by fire was enough to inspire people to live more peacefully, but I doubt it. Also the museum does not look like it has been updated much since its opening in 1981. Frommer's estimate of 30 minutes to see this museum is accurate.

Thank CAGreens
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Reviewed September 24, 2011

Peace Osaka presents a highly pithy and well-rounded account of the various sufferings committed by all sides, from the Japanese abuse of prisoners in South-East Asia to the American bombings of Japan during the Second World War. I found it nearly overwhelming, but highly meaningful to view the extent of damage the human race can inflict upon itself in times of war.

1  Thank japanwafuwafu
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Reviewed August 26, 2011

I almost missed Peace Osaka when I was in the area, because it was set back from the path and there wasn’t a soul to be seen near it. It was completely quiet inside, one person left as I arrived, there was 1 other person in the museum and a couple arrived just as I was leaving. I don’t understand it as this was a great museum and probably the highlight of my day.

It focussed on a fairly tight period from history dealing with Japan’s involvment in Manchuria and the effect of World War on Japan and Osaka in particular. Lots of displays and video really brought it to life and I was just sorry that the permanent exhibit is so small, especially compared to the similar Peace Museum in Hiroshima.

It'll be a quick visit, but worth seeking out

1  Thank psychokilla
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