Role as a place to appeal for peace
Hiroshima was heavily damaged by the atomic bomb. There are places in Japan where war ruins remain, and they were also scattered throughout Hiroshima prefecture.
Today, like the Atomic Bomb Dome and the Peace Memorial Park, it serves as a place to look back on the tragic past and appeal for peace.
Among them, Kure City has a lot of valuable heritage sites, and it has been certified by the Agency for Cultural Affairs as a “Japan Heritage Site”.
In addition, the first Holocaust Education Center in Japan was opened in Fukuyama City on the 50th anniversary of the postwar era, throwing the importance of thinking about true peace without discrimination and prejudice.
Okunoshima Poison Gas Museum
Tell the history of Poison Gas Island through exhibits and videos
Okunoshima Island became under the control of the Army for the purpose of producing poison gas in 1927, and continued to be made on the island until 1945. The fact was kept secret until 1984, and it is said that the existence of the island itself was erased from the map at that time. The museum conveys the history of Poison Gas Island through exhibits and videos. Currently, many rabbits are kept on the island, and it is becoming popular as a “rabbit island”.
“Kure Maritime History Museum Yamato Museum”
A museum that introduces life and culture at that time
It is a museum that introduces the history of Kure, which continued to be at the forefront of Japanese industrial technology since the Meiji period, and the science and technology of shipbuilding, steelmaking, aircraft, etc., which became the foundation of it, while touching on the life and culture of that time. The battleship “Yamato” built at the Kure Navy Arsenal is reproduced in 1/10. Actual large-scale materials such as the Zero type fighter jet and the human torpedo “Kaiten” are also on display. The misery of war and the importance of peace read from real materials should be deeply etched in the hearts of those who see it.
“Irifuneyama Memorial Hall (Former Official Residence of Commander-in-Chief of the Kure Naval Station)” [Japan Heritage]
Designated as a national important cultural property
The Irifuneyama Memorial Museum was established in 1889 by the Meiji government, which was aiming for a modern nation with Fukoku Kyohei.
A two-story Western-style building was built on Mt. Irifune. After it was destroyed by the 1905 Geiyo Earthquake, it was rebuilt into the current Japanese-Western style one-story house. The interior has the beauty of gorgeous gold karakami paper, and it is designated as an important cultural property of the country.
“Irifuneyama Memorial Hall (Former Navy Yard Tower Clock)” [Japan Heritage]
A tower clock that ticked time with the arsenal until the end of the war
It is a tower clock installed on the roof of the former Naval Arsenal Building Department in 1921. The 10-meter-high tower clock, which ticked time with the factory until the end of the war, is said to be the oldest in Japan as an electric parent-child impulse clock that is still in operation, and is designated as a municipal tangible cultural property.
Kure City “Showa-machi Red Brick Warehouses”
Used as product storage or cannon depot
“Brick Warehouse” was built in 1897 in the area where the Kure Navy Arsenal was once a top secret area. It was used as a product store and cannon depot, and after the war it was converted as a warehouse for private companies.
“Torpedo Loading Crane and Alley Karasukojima”
The only Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force submarine up close
An English-made 15-ton crane, installed in 1901 for loading and unloading torpedoes, remains at the southern end of the seawall.
The area around it is called “Alley Karasukojima,” and it is known as the only park in Japan where you can see submarines of the Maritime Self-Defense Force up close.
“Former Kure Naval Arsenal Shipbuilding Department Shipyard Large Roof” (currently Japan Marine United Co., Ltd. Kure Plant)
Built with a large roof dock so that it can not be seen from the surroundings
The large roof of the dock where the battleship “Yamato” was built still remains. At that time, the construction of the largest battleship in the world was a military secret, and it was built with this large roof dock so that it could not be seen from the surroundings. Coir ropes were hung around the building instead of curtains, and even the Kure citizens living in the vicinity did not know what they were making inside.
Kure City “Honjo Water Source Waterworks”
Designated as a national important cultural property
The dam was completed in 1918 as a reservoir for the Former Official Residence of Commander-in-Chief of the Kure Naval Station’s water supply.
It is a gravity-type concrete structure with a length of 97 meters, a height of 25 meters, and a total water storage capacity of 1960,000 m3, and boasted the largest scale in the East when it was completed.
It is designated as an important cultural property of the country. (* Because it is a water supply facility that is still in operation, it is usually not possible to visit the premises.)
Fukuyama City Holocaust Education Center
A facility to learn about real peace
The Holocaust Education Center was opened as the first Holocaust Education Center in Japan in June 1995, which marks the 50th anniversary of the postwar era. We can learn the truth of the Holocaust (Jewish persecution) through the facts of the Holocaust, especially the appearance of children at that time.
Knowing the truth about the Holocaust, which has few opportunities to learn in detail, will eliminate discrimination and prejudice, and be an opportunity to think about peace.
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