A learning center addressing the tragedy of war and appeals for peace
A facility opened in 1991to tell of the horrors of war to the next generation and to pray for peace.[k1] Looking back at a time when Japan and the rest of the world were engulfed in war, the exhibition begins with an explanation on the circumstances that plunged Japan into the Pacific War. An aspect of Osaka, which had been called “Dai-Osaka” (Great Osaka) because of its prosperity in all industries including commerce, textiles and ironworks, is introduced as a military-based metropolis which had the largest weapons manufacturing facilities in East Asia and military headquarters. Actual evidence and photographs showing the growing harshness of life among Osakans from a lack of goods due to the prolongation of the war and the tragedy of the city after its destruction from bombings that exceeded 50 in number are displayed. The vigorous survival of Osaka is also shown from its 7 years under Occupation after the war, through the high-growth period of the economy and its recovery to its status as a great city. The center is constructed to appeal for the importance of expanding on, learning and taking action with the power of imagination for peace. Pamphlets in English, Chinese and Korean are available.