Chiran Peace Museum, Minamikyushu

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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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  • Was the place I visited once. The Testaments of those who were killed in the chest semarimasu. Your writing is very clean and a good hand in surprised. I realized on the basis of those who died the peace now that don't forget to. And display repatriated from the sea a zero fighter, fighter 4 life (the aircraft was requisitioned by the U.S. Army in the Philippines), etc., it was interesting.
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  • Can't read the first letter of tears without is. Have voice to hold back crying throughout it. As I read more and more intolerable, so read with a little break. Every single letter to young, who lost their lives, will told tragedy of war any more than a video in real time. However, on the show, told pretty problem. First of all, the letter is quite difficult to read. I'm usually used to PC fonts and because the character of the brush is very hard to read. Also, at that time storytelling is another reason it is. I think if adults, children first impossible. Why all the letters easier to read, do not provide a caption is a mystery. This history should convey to children. The child is bored at the hotel. It is the neglect of the curator. Search device also spend money on something like that, please disclose NET. Is now exposed part is very lukewarm. Say I want this history to mind although not conveyed. Letter incorporating footage seen throughout the film makers subjective commentary, too feel the meaning of the video in, frankly, is terrible. First of all, do not paraphrasing the letter without permission. What's written on the letter would crush the character lives in, respectively. Also, the hotel is prohibited. Why is that? Is not the nuclear concept of this institution is to contribute to peace. It should be to contribute to peace and, if widely spread in the Internet, etc. What to do, shut down the country. Think only prohibits the shooting said the so-called museums, no idea why. Here the article is historical value beyond touch my heart strongly. It is something to be a treasure of the world. But seen only in because it's worth on the management side more passion not fondly hope is. Translation, not the clear facts to many more people. Filled with tears, because of sloppy exhibition soon dries out. Unfortunately, right now is such a place.
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  • Overall set up will tell you this place is special for the Japanese. Almost 1 km before the entrance the roads have special structures for night lighting I guess. The museum is very rich in terms of h...  more »
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  • Wow this museum is definitely great. It offers an excellent insight to Japan's past. It's definitely worth the trip if you can go by car or bus. All of the materials are interesting with translations. You can even rent an audio guide for ¥200.
  • 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
  • Very sad to see how many brave young men died for a lost cause. May they and their victims rest in peace.
  • A part of history that western people rarely see.
  • Heartbreaking.