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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  • August 13, 2017
    This is the old Japan army suicide attack base. The unique atmosphere that was the scene of the suicide attack. Testament of the straight heart struck. Also was the scene of suicide attacks as well as Kanoya.
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  • August 5, 2017
    I think it is very sad feeling, but also as a Japanese here is a must-see. Storytellers have plenty of his relics and related memorabilia, but still performed at the audio-visual room for story and video is a must see. I learned that renewed war is and is not.
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  • July 20, 2017
    Revisit 10 years Buri is compared to back then was surprised by expansion of exhibition space and audiovisual. When I visited ago. I had roamed the taut body awareness of war and our ancestors, were struck dead kamikaze signature presence, increase the appearance of simplification of the exhibits and the storyteller, exhibit fighter, somewhat weakened attitudes toward the war. Aspects of war Folk Museum became, thanks to increased overall exhibit.
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  • June 23, 2017
    Built on a former Imperial Japanese Army airfield, this museum is a peace memorial in honor of those army pilots who flew the final sortie to Okinawa. Looking at the rows of photos of the young pilots who died puts a very human perspective to the loss and respect for their bravery. The museum has a few aircraft, models, paintings, a temple and a large number of stone lanterns lining the roads.
  • May 17, 2017
    Regardless of your perspective on the events being memorialized here, the letters from the Tokko pilots bring home the human cost of war. It is well setup, and has enough in English to make well worth the visit. The planes are a big plus.
  • February 3, 2017
    “Brave men” This museum represents the brave men who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country, it's hard not to get a little emotional here when you see the exhibits, if you're non Japanese then get the English translation, I was lucky as my friend is Japanese and he explained enough to me, everything in this museum is a must see. I must say that the Japanese honour the fallen comrades in a very noble way no matter which peace museum you visit.
  • April 5, 2017
    Limited English exhibitions but English audio guide is available (for a fee) Smaller than the peace museum in Hiroshima but many interesting exhibitions inside. Bring tissues as some of the pilots letters will make you cry.
  • January 6, 2017
    This museum is very well made and they provide good english guides (ipad).

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