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Paying Respects to My Fallen Marine Brothers, Sempre Fi – Naha, Okinawa, Japan



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Tour Day 132, Cruise Day 30 – Osaka, Japan – I totally meant to go to Kaiyukan, the Osaka Aquarium, and to trip the Tempozan Wheel (a.okay.a an remark wheel or a large wheel), however I noticed too many deployed umbrellas from the Deck 9 Lido Market whereas having breakfast. By lunchtime, I noticed fewer umbrellas and took an opportunity. After all, the gangway is mid-ship, the immigration facility is on the bow and all the sights (together with Legoland, which I had no intention of visiting) are effectively previous the strict of the ship. A bump within the highway. I walked previous the wheel and noticed there are three flights of stairs to succeed in the boarding space. On a transparent, lovely day, simply one other bump within the highway however on an overcast day with compromised vistas, …. I had been advised by aquarium guests on the earlier Osaka cease that admission is by allotted time slot to disperse the plenty. They hadn’t bought their tickets beforehand (nor had I) and needed to wait virtually an hour to achieve admission. After I arrived on the aquarium, there was a line of 40-50 individuals. Nearing 1 PM, and with an all-aboard time of

4:30 PM, I calculated 1 hour of ready time, 2 hours of aquarium watching and a 30-minute stroll again to the ship. Threatening skies and sporadic sprinkles sealed the deal. Again to the ship I went. That turned out to be a great choice for Uncle “Truthful Climate” Larry, as there was a reasonable however regular rain at 4 PM. Osaka looks as if a reasonably cool metropolis. No surprise we stopped there twice!

Tour Day 133, Cruise Day 31 – Day at Sea

Tour Day 134, Cruise Day 32 – Naha, Okinawa, Japan – Creator’s Be aware: Okinawa Island had the bloodiest floor battle of the Pacific Warfare from 1 April to 22 June 1945. Throughout this 82-day-long battle, about 95,000 Imperial Japanese Military troops and 20,195 People had been killed. The Cornerstone of Peace on the Peace Memorial Park in Itoman lists 149,193 Okinawan civilians (roughly one quarter of the civilian inhabitants) as having been killed or dedicated suicide throughout World Warfare II. Only a few Japanese ended up in POW camps due to the Japanese troopers’ reluctance to give up. The whole variety of casualties shocked American navy strategists and made them apprehensive to invade the opposite principal islands of

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The Aft Pool Deck on the Time I Would Have Been Strolling Again to the Ship

Japan. Fearing a really excessive casualty charge amongst each the navy and civilian populations, the choice was made to make use of the nuclear bomb to shorten the period of the conflict and, arguably, to cut back the casualties.

“Battle of Okinawa” Shore Tour – Go to two of essentially the most historic locations in Okinawa. Peace Memorial Park is positioned within the southern a part of Okinawa’s “mainland,” the place the final conflicts of the Battle of Okinawa occurred. The Peace Memorial Museum, established in 2000, interprets a spread of particular person conflict experiences. Its goal is to move on the message in regards to the devastation of conflict and the significance of human life.

Creator’s Be aware on Extra Attraction Visited: Himeyuri Peace Museum opened in Itoman, Okinawa, Japan in 1989 and is devoted to the Himeyuri Pupil Corps in the course of the Battle of Okinawa and to the perfect of Peace. Most members of the coed corps served in “nursing-type” capabilities.

Subsequent, you will go to the previous Japanese Naval Headquarters, set in an underground shelter. On the finish of the conflict, Commander Minoru Ohta and different officers dedicated suicide within the shelter. It stays unaltered to at the present time.


Put on snug strolling sneakers. There are extra

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Not a Downpour however Inconvenient

than 100 steps on the former Japanese Navy Headquarters within the underground shelter. Not advisable for visitors utilizing a wheelchair or for these with mobility limitations. Site visitors might be unpredictable. The motive force will do his/her finest to maintain shifting safely. Your persistence is drastically appreciated. Delays sometimes lengthen tour period.

Creator’s Be aware: To explain the rooms as “unaltered” is deceptive. Most rooms have been stripped naked, and the radio tools is reproduction.


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