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Himeyuri Monument

In late March 1945, a fierce battle took place on these islands. The Battle of Okinawa for more than 90 days, resulting in the death of more than 200,000 Japanese and Americans, including some 120,000 Okinawans.

The Japanese military planned to wage a "war of attrition" - to drag the battle out, even for one day longer, to force the U.S. forces to delay the impending assault on the mainland.

Himeyuri Monument

Himeyuri Monument : Memory of 219 students and teachers
The Japanese forces stepped up nurse training at the girls high schools in the prefecture, and when the U.S. forces finally landed on Okinawa, organized them into student nurse corps and dispatched them to the battlefield.

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Himeyuri Peace Museum

Himeyuri Peace Museum

Display chamber 1
Eve of the Battle Okinawa
Display chamber 2
Haebaru Army Field Hospital
Display chamber 3
Retreat to the South and Kyan Peninsula
Display chamber 4
A Requiem
Display chamber 5
Recollection



"We cannot condone the crimes of the educational system of that age that blindfolded us from truth, deprived us of our right to think and judge as individuals and denied us even the right to live as decent human beings, finally herding us like animals and the battlefields of certain death.

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Today, memories of the battle are fast being eroded away by the passage of time as the post-war generations have formed the majority of our population. In addition, when we think of today's international situation with increased threats of nuclear war, we are determined all the more to do our best to continue to tell our stories of war, and by so exposing the brutality and insanity of war, to never allow it happen again in the future."

- June 23, 1989 Himeyuri Alumni Association -



Opening hours : 09:00-17:00
Open throughout the year

Admission Fee : Adult 300 yen , Student ( High School ) 200 yen ,
Child ( Grades 1-9 ) 100 yen



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Okinawa Prefectural Peace Memorial Museum

The "Typhoon of Steel" that lasted for ninety days disfigured mountains, destroyed much of the cultural legacy, and claimed the precious lives of upward of 200,000 people. A significant aspect of the Battle of Okinawa was the great loss of civilian life. At more than 100,000, civilian losses far outnumbered the military death toll.

In order that we may mourn for those who perished during the war, pass on to future generations the historic lessons of the Battle of Okinawa, we have hereby established, displaying the whole range of the individual war experiences of the people in this prefecture, the Okinawa Prefectural Peace Memorial Museum.

- 1975 (partially revised April 1st 2000) Okinawa Prefecture -

Okinawa Prefectural Peace Memorial Museum

Room 1
Road to the Battle of Okinawa
Room 2
The Typhoon of Steel (The battle as seen by Okinawan residents)
Room 3
Battleground of Hell (The battle as seen by Okinawan residents)
Room 4
Testimonies (The battle as seen by Okinawan residents)
Room 5
Keystone of the Pacific



Peace Memorial Park

Peace Memorial Park

A Tide of Peace Flowing from the Hills of Mabuni



Whenever we reflect upon the realities of the Battle of Okinawa
We think noting is more brutal, more degrading than war

In the face of these horrifying experiences,
No one could approve of, much less glorify, war.

To be sure, it is human beings that would start a war,
But what is more important is,
Is it not we, human beings, who could endeavor to prevent it ?

Since the battle ended, we have detested all kinds of war,
Determined to build an island of peace.

This is our unwavering principle
That we have come to cherish, in return for a price too high to pay.

- Concluding Remarks -




Opening hours : 09:00-17:00 ( Admission until 16:30 )
Closed : Mondays ( open regular hours if Monday is a holiday ) ,
December 29 - January 03 .

Admission Fee : Adult 300 yen , Child 150 yen



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