Himeyuri Peace Museum welcomes its 20 millionth visitor on 25th year anniversary

Himeyuri Peace Museum welcomes its 20 millionth visitor on 25th year anniversary

On August 23, 20 millionth visitor to the Himeyuni Peace Museum Sayuri Wanatabe (right) and Curator Yoshiko Shimabukuro at the museum in Itoman.


August 24, 2014 Ryukyu Shimpo

On August 23, the Himeyuri Peace Museum welcomed its 20 millionth visitor since it opened in June 1989 in Itoman. Sayuri Watanabe, from Aichi Prefecture, who for the first time visited the museum, became the 20 millionth visitor. At the welcome ceremony, the curator of the museum Yoshiko Shimabukuro said, “We hope to convey to you thoughts of peace.”

Watanabe received a certificate and commemorative gift from the museum. She said, “It was my honor. I want to share what I saw in the museum with people in my hometown.”

“The museum has reached the milestone of its 25th year anniversary,” the curator said. “We did not imagine that the museum would have so many visitors when it opened. We now have to worry about an increasing number of younger people who do not know about the war. We want to convey the misery of war to them as many as possible in order to protect the peace.”

(English translation by T&CT, Hitomi Shinzato)

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