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If you don't speak Japanese take the free audio guide. It tells you what the displays are about, but not the details of the exhibits. Watch the 9 minute film in the second room for a background on the run up to the war.
Perhaps the name Osaka International Peace Center also known as the Peace Center contributes to it being slightly off the radar when it comes to Osaka Museums, but during our recent stay in Osaka I googled "WWII Osaka Museum" and that's how we found out...More
As previous reviewers have stated it is impossible to visit this museum without being moved by the first hand accounts of suffering in Osaka during WW2. However there is little mentioned about the cause and effect of the war. Apparently displays were changed in 2015...More
I am extremely familiar about the American bombings on Japan during the closing stages of World War 2, but this peace center completely swayed my thoughts on the bombings. Memories, paintings, and photos of the large-scale incendiary bombings of Osaka line the walls.
When visiting the centre it is very clear that somebody is in deep denial. That the city of Hiroshima is in itself a memorial to the people who were killed and maimed. It is very sobering to walk through the centre and not be affected...More
I am 4th generation Japanese-American and visited with my first generation Korean-American wife and daughters (ages 12 and 11). We are so used to our own perspective; it's interesting and educational to visit a museum chronicling a war in which Americans were the enemy.
felt this attraction was underrated by tripadvisor - we were a group of 5 Canadians and all found this museum very informative and insightful. there are free English audio guides and the museum offers a very unbiased representation of Japan's involvement in the WWII conflicts....More