Himeyori no To

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Another much visited memorial to the bloody Battle of Okinawa in 1945 is Himeyori no To, a cave where 210 high school girls and their teachers, who were working as student nurses were killed by American fire, including a gas bomb dropped into the cave.

Himeyori Memorial Okinawa Japan

The site includes the cave and the Himeyori Peace Museum with photographs, videos and other exhibits explaining the lives and sacrifice of the school girls.

Other memorials to the Battle of Okinawa include the Former Japanese Navy Underground Headquarters (Kyukaigun Shireibugo), Cape Kyan, where many Okinawans jumped to their deaths, Konpaku no To and the Peace Memorial Museum on Mabuni Hill.

Himeyori Memorial Okinawa

Himeyuri Peace Museum (in Japanese)
Okinawa 901-0344
Tel: 098 997 2100
Admission: 300 Yen

To get to the Himeyori Peace Museum take bus #82, #107 or #108 from Itoman. The Himeyori Peace Museum is on Highway 331.

Books of note on the Battle of Okinawa include With the Old Breed: At Peleliu and Okinawa by the ex-Marine E. B. Sledge and The Battle of Okinawa by Colonel Hiromichi Yahara, a high-ranking Japanese staff officer.

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