Saturday, June 14, 2014
A Photographic Visit to Haebaru Museum
Haebaru is a town situated to the south and east of Naha, Okinawa.
It's one of the few places I've been, where the boundaries, don't reach the ocean.
There is no fishing port.
Inside, you can see many of the cultural items most museums display.
There is one room dedicated to those who emigrated away from this island.
This is a re-created bunker known as the Army Hospital Cave.
Just about an hour before taking this photo, we had toured the real thing.
Trust me. The one in the museum, is much more comfortable.
There are bloody patients stacked on wooden bunks, lining the hallway.
Email me, if you want to see those photos.
Hopefully, you can read this. I took photos of the writing on the wall.
It saves me from typing and, I don't need quotation marks.
More than 2,000 people from Haebaru died during the Battle of Okinawa.
Back in those days, even little kids, had to be loyal to the Emperor.
If you got caught speaking the Okinawan language, you might be a spy.
And, a Japanese soldier might kill you.
There's a story about that kimono, hanging on the wall.
The woman, wearing it survived but, not her child.
The village of Haebaru was pretty much, wiped off the map.
They have samples of what did the maiming and killing.
No signs posted, saying "Do Not Touch."
But, I didn't, anyway.
War, is always a two-sided story. The USA and Japan were in this one.
Okinawa never wants to see war, again.
A visit to this museum will help you understand why.