Close to the Memorial Peace Park, this large stone monument is dedicated to female students and teachers who worked in army field hospitals in caves. During the closing days of the Battle of Okinawa, 222 girls and 18 teachers were recruited from two senior high schools, and worked as nurses in the cave located beneath the monument. Most of them did not survive.
The adjacent museum shows a life-size georama of the cave and testimonial videos by some survivors to give you a glimpse of the history. The monument and museum is a place that will leave you speechless in reflection but give testimony to the horrendous situation toward the end of the war.
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5.0a month ago
The Battle of Okinawa is documented here, and the horrors a group of high school students had to endure as the battle raged. Although the video of some of the survivors is only in Japanese, you get the sense that they have all moved passed the atrocities they've witnessed and gone on to lead fulfilling lives and a desire for peace.
4.07 months ago
Displays are illustrated with decent English. Great historical place to go. From this place, I learned the cruel fact of WWII and deeply felt how did it affect the people of Okinawa. I truly hope no more war on earth.
3.05 months ago
Stopped by here on the way to peace memorial museum. Just outside the Himeyuri museum
4.07 months ago
Memorial for young schoolgirls who were involved in the WWII battle of Okinawa. Great English language support.
5.09 months ago
Smaller than mai memorial of Okinawa but very moving and well done - a must see