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Chiran Peace Museum, Minamikyushu
Categories: Military Museums, History Museums, Museums
At Chiran Peace Museum, see how an airbase for World War II kamikazes became a monument to peace. During the final stages of the war, the Japanese Imperial Army used the two runways to send 1,036 able men to their tactically deliberate deaths. As you enter the museum, inspect the four warplanes--a Nakajima Ki-43 Hayabusa, a 1943 Kawasaki Ki-61 Hien, a 1944 Nakajima Ki-84 Hayate, and a Mitsubishi Zero recovered from the seabed in 1980. Examine the exhibited personal poems, testaments, letters, and other artifacts, including the photographs of each pilot arranged in the order in which they died. Don't miss the moving display of a grand piano on which two of the pilots played Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata the night before their final mission. See Chiran Peace Museum and all Minamikyushu has to offer by arranging your trip with our Minamikyushu vacation generator.
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父、母に宛てた手紙がたくさん展示してあります。優秀な学生さんが多く、日本が負ける、とか8月15日に重大な発表があるとか、わかっていながら、飛び立って行き、そして戦死した若者がなんと多いことか。涙が止まりませんでした。Letter addressed to father, mother exhibited much. An excellent student, defeated Japan, or presented a serious 8/15, or or go away, knowing, and how many young people were killed. Could not stop the tears.show original
常々一度は訪れたいと思っていましたが、今回初めて来ました。膨大な、貴重な資料や展示があり、時代に翻弄された若者達の心が、少しは読みとれたと思います。今を生きる我々は、過去を十分知る必要があると思います。中学生の団体が、各自メモをとりながら資料に見入っていたのに驚きました。I have always wanted to visit at least once, but we came for the first time. I think it has a huge and valuable materials and exhibits, destined to young people in mind, I read. I think we live now, past enough need to know. Groups of junior high school students have surprised their notes while staring at the article.show original
先の戦争に関しては内外でいろんな意見があるでしょうが、そういうことを抜きにしても、一度は訪れたい場所です。時間があまりなく駆け足のような見学になってしまったのが残念でしたが、機会があればまた訪れたいです。This is where will be many different opinions on and off when it comes to the war, even without that, you want to visit at least once. Want to visit ended without a lot of time, such as whirlwind tour was disappointing, but if the opportunity arises again.show original
The museum is easily accessible by bus from JR Kagoshima Chuo station (the station number was 16.. Although we went there yesterday, I forget numbers easily....). The fee is little bit less than 1000JPY. It takes roughly an hour from Kagoshima. The bus stops basically in front of the museum - just 5 minutes by foot, you can't miss it. Make sure you check the return schedule to Kagoshima!! The bus goes every hour or so and last one is at 18:xx. The entrance fee to the museum can consist of two - you can either pay ticket just for the peace museum, or also buy ticket to nearby Chiran folk museum. The fee was about 600Yen for both. The peace museum prohibits taking pictures or videos. With, phone, camera, doesn't matter if without flash. You have the option to rent an audio guide, as not everything is translated. It's strange, some things are translated and some not. It doesn't seem to make any sense... Now, I've been to horrible places like Auschwitz, Dachau, Nagasaki and Hiroshima. But this place is more personal, as you can read letters from the pilots to their families. Most of them were in their twenties, few even 18 or even 17 at the time they "fulfilled their duty". Some letters show human insanity, most of them show people who know what they are doing and that they do not want to so. It's extremely moving. I've read that this place is just propaganda, right wing propaganda and so on. I cannot agree less. There are few places in the museum where you can see videos where they present facts. Facts how everything started and also how impersonal the war was. They don't try to present "bad side" or "good side". Just raw information. That's all. Although they may were our enemies once, it's 2016 now. Pay respect to them, or just don't go here. Your choice
Brent Soo Hoo
A part of history that western people rarely see.
中野剛志People who live in Japan if I want to visit. Only 17-year-old young man who flew out from here. While all countries I think Japanese family,. It is not going to die, I want to die. Heroism even, not even in the spirit of martyrdom. Whole of the feelings of Japan as it is here.show original
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