Monday, July 30, 2007

Memorial and Peace Monument

The Japanese Memorial Monument is built on ash-covered Namanula Hill and is the main Japanese World War II Memorial in the Pacific. It has great views over Rabaul and the harbour. There is a hole in the structure that allows sunlight to fall on the simple stone shrine in the centre.

A plaque at the entrance states: "In memory of all those who sacrificed their lives in the islands and seas of the South Pacific during World War II and in dedication to world peace.
Constructed by the Government of Japan in co-operation with the Government of Papua New Guinea.""

8 comments:

Abraham Lincoln said...

Thank you for visiting my blog. I appreciate that. Also appreciate your letting me know about the monument. I was on Iwo Jima after the war and went all around there and saw sights I will never forget.

I told you about the Japanese I knew who was stationed there and ruined his back and his superiors treated all the soldiers almost like pack animals. It must have been hell.

Thanks again for your frequent visits.

Neva said...

This is a nice memorial.

Mme Benaut said...

Of course the Japanese had their dead too, something often forgotten by us. Good for you for showing it Jules.

Anonymous said...

i remember we had a party up there.. was it for someones birthday??

erin xx.

Kate said...

War is hell for everyone; the structure is beautiful in its simplicity.

Jules said...

Thanks for visiting - the memorial is beautiful and the sentiment of peace is cetainly welcomed.

Steve G said...

Very nice.

Anonymous said...

As a kid (when I lived in PNG) we used to climb the reverse side of the memorial and look out over the island - funny enough I'm not too sure we paid to much attention to the front of it (which I now realize was a shame, and perhaps a tad on the disrespectful side). If I ever go back to Rabaul I'll make sure I pay a visit and this time I'll stay on the ground!