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.
Purposeknows a lot about Japan,sightseeing
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5.0a month ago
This place reminds us of how lucky we are these days to be able to live in peace and to have choices to make in life. These girls had no choice at all. This place left me speechless of how tough lives were for these people during the war. Definitely a place worthy of visit in Okinawa.
5.0a week ago
A heartbreaking museum recounting the lives, struggles, deaths and survivals of school-age Okinawan girls put into military service as medical personnel.
5.010 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.
5.08 months 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.
5.06 months ago
Meaningful. Memorial one should not forget about.