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Okinawan Studies: Peace Learning

This guide to introduce you to resources on Okinawa and Ryukyu.

Online Resources

Databases

  • The Cabinet OfficeOkinawa Development and Promotion Bureau, the Battle of Okinawa Materials Room / 内閣府、沖縄戦関係資料閲覧室  (JPN version)
    • Material Retrieval / 所蔵資料検索  (Including documents, books, or videos and DVDs)
    • Testimony / 証言集 (in Japanese in PDF)

Online Resources

Recommended Books

Printed Books

E-Books

  • Okinawa: the Last Battle  (ENG version)
    This book was published by the US Center of Military History, U.S. Army in 2000. 

Journals/Magazines

Resources Related to WWII

            Hiroshima Archive

            Nagasaki Archive

Peace Memorial Museums in Okinawa

  • Himeyuri Peace Museum / ひめゆり平和記念資料館  (ENG and JPN versions)
    During the battle of Okinawa, two girls' schools, 222 students and 18 teachers were mobilized to the Okinawa Army Field Hospital in Haebaru Town.  As a result, 136 of them lost their lives.  After the war, the group of students and teachers who were mobilized from the two girls' schools came to be called the "Himeyuri Student Corps."  On June 23, 1983, the Himeyuri Peace Museum was established by the Himeyuri alumnae.
  • "Connecting & Forwarding Our Hope (Umui) for Peace" (video; Japanese with English subtitles)
    • Created by Initiatives by the Okinawa Prefectural Government (Feb 15, 2021)

Other Resources

Central Intelligence Agency, A master narratives approach to understanding base politics in Okinawa. January 5, 2012. (PDF)

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