Okinawan Elementary School students learn about the Battle of Okinawa

Okinawan Elementary School students learn about the Battle of Okinawa

The pupils listened to the explanation given by Hideaki Fujisawa at the Okinawa International Peace Research Institute in Naha on May 2.


May 5, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

As part of studies for a peace class, 120 pupils of Yomitan’s Furugenminami Elementary School visited the Okinawa International Peace Research Institute in Naha on May 2.

Taking notes, they looked at displays showing about 1500 photographs about the Battle of Okinawa. The photographs of Yomitan Village during the war intrigued the pupils. They were surprised how different their home was during war time.

One of the pupils Shunta Arakaki touched a grenade and broken piece of a bombshell. He said, “These were heavy and scary. I want all unexploded ordnances to be removed and I want Okinawa to be peaceful.”

The institute staff Hideaki Fujisawa urged people to come and visit the institute.
“I want many people to use our place for the peace education and learn about the war in each region of Okinawa,” he said.

(English translation by T&CT)

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