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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5.03 months ago
Very powerful, humbling experience. A solemn place to respect the sacrifices made by two countries at war. The air is still and a beautiful, somewhat eerie feeling sends you chills when you see the caves these Japanese Medical Students hid in. A real must see for history buffs and tourists looking to experience "both" sides of the war.
5.0a month ago
It is a very sad spot since it keeps the memory of a very tragic moment in the war. But you cannot let these memories vanish. It is very demanding on your emotions but it is worth the visit and be one of the people that help to keep the memory alive.
5.0a month ago
After the war, on April 7, 1946 in Ihara, Itoman reminded the dead in the place where the Hall of the Third Military Hospital of Himeyuri Memorial built, which is part of today's Himeyuri Peace Museum.
4.04 months ago
Sad place but great to emphasize the importance of peace to our kids
4.0a month ago
Nice place to learn the tragic story of young women forced into military service, though some position might be biased especially on the position of some teachers