With this excursion, we pay homage to the civilian victims of the bloody battle of Okinawa and learn more about a historical event that shook the whole of Japan and beyond. We will also visit a famous glass workshop to raise our morale with the sight of splendid artistic creations.
What we will see
- Himeyuri tower
- Himeyuri peace museum
- Visit to a gamous glass workshop
- Former Navy Headquarters
What we will do
The first stop on our excursion along memory lane is the Himeyuri tower, erected to commemorate the sacrifice of dozens of students and teachers who helped soldiers during the battle of Okinawa thereby losing their lives.
We also visit the Himeyuri Peace Museum located over the cave that was converted into a field hospital. As requested by the survivors, the museum displays a life-size reproduction of a bomb shelter, direct testimonies and photos of the victims.
After our visit, we move on to a famous glass workshop, the largest in Okinawa founded in 1985.
Here, we can admire the skills of the craftsmen who make colourful glass artefacts by hand with bright colours such as red, blue and green inspired by Okinawa’s lush nature and instilling a tremendous sense of peace in visitors.
Before returning to the port, we visit the Former Japanese Navy Underground Headquarters during the battle of Okinawa, the only one of the Second World War where the civilian population was heavily involved. The museum displays mementos and photographs illustrating the battle with the precise purpose of encouraging world peace.