Monument of Nuchi du Takara completed at Peace Memorial Park

Monument of <em>Nuchi du Takara</em> completed at Peace Memorial Park

A monument for Nuchi du Takara has been built in front of the Cornerstone of Peace at the Okinawa Prefectural Peace Memorial Park in Mabuni, Itoman. June 9.


June 10, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 9, in front of the Cornerstone of Peace at the Okinawa Prefectural Peace Memorial Park in Mabuni, Itoman, an unveiling ceremony was held of a stone monument for world peace. The words “Nuchi du Takara (Life itself is our treasure)” are inscribed on the monument.

About 30 people involved in erecting the monument celebrated its completion.
In the four languages of Japanese, English, Korean and Chinese the creators inscribed the words: “War is over. Peace is what our hearts create. Our most precious treasure is life.” They asserted, “We will tell the preciousness of peace and our anti-war stance from Okinawa to the world.”

Akihiko Kato, the chief organizer of the ceremony said, “The monument is only small but I believe that the message delivered by the Okinawan people will cross national boundaries in a timeless way to spread among the people of the world.”

Itoman Mayor Hirotsune Uehara said, “Itoman was the scene of some of the bloodiest fighting in final stages of the Battle of Okinawa. It is good that this monument for world peace has been built. We would like to use it for peace education for children.”

(English translation by T&CT, Mark Ealey)

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