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Chikuzenmachi Tachiarai Peace Memorial Museum reviews
This peace memorial stands on the site of former military airbase. (Actually the premises of KIRIN beer factory were also a part of that airbase.) Since I had already visited Chiran before I came to..... more »
On an extended trip to Japan, my wife and I decided to venture out and take a trip to this Peace Memorial. It was about a 15-20 minute drive from where we are staying. Tachiarai is a small community..... more »
A portion of most signs were in English. I felt the museum did an excellent job of conveying that Tachiarai Airfield started in 1919 and was an airfield that had commercial service as well as military purposes. That Tachiarai grew from nothing to a decent sized town along with the airfield. That they had exceptional engineering and were proud of their their craft. This where the lack of English signs grew challenging because they seem to allude that those engineers went on to design the shinkansen bullet train, but there were only pictures, no English. Then there are 1/200 scale airplane models, and old uniforms and gear next to the zero fighter. They had information and maps about the seven times the airfield was bombed in 1945. They had pictures of women and children along side 11 American airmen, and around 100 or more Japanese soldiers and airmen killed presumably around the airfield as a reminder to the importance of peace. Also near the entrance they had an origami bird that Barrack Obama had folded with Carolyn Kennedy in the White House with two excellent letters he had written to various Japanese to explain reinforcing the importance of peace. The reason for four stars was that you can only take pictures of the zero fighter. They did have wonderful docent with a translation to point out the B29 silhouette on the ceiling, the map of the airfield on the floor, and there were more exhibits on the second floor and on the other side of the entrance. It was a great experience. One that will stick with me more than most of my history classes.
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