Posts Tagged ‘History’

Tokyo is an amazing city, that has not only a lot of night life and party to offer but also a lot of culture and history. In order to learn more about Japan and its people I decided to go every other week to at least one museum.

The first museum I want to introduce is: Tokyo National Museum

When I went to the National Museum I actually took advantage of a special open day for foreignstudents. So getting in for free is already a big plus point for the museum but even on regular days the museum costs only around 400 (students) to 600 yen.

The National Museum has a bit of everything: Art, Ceramic, Weapons, Artefacts; basically bits and bites throughout Japan’s history. During my visit there were also volunteer guides, who were leading me through different rooms and who gave me quite interesting stories about certain artefacts. Beside of mainly Japanese (and some Chinese) history in the main building, there is also a smaller one, that is showing art and artefacts from other Asian nations (including Egypt for what ever reason).  (more…)

Hiroo Onoda was a Japanese army intelligent officer who continued fighting World War 2 until 1974 because he did not know that Japan had surrendered.

In December 1944 he was sent to Lubang Island in the Philippines in order to group up with already existing Soldiers on the island and to fight a guerilla warfare. One of his main orders stated that under no circumstances could he surrender or take his own life. However after US and Philippine Commonwealth forces had retaken the Island the remaining soldiers grouped up in little guerilla cells and focused on sabotage. Hiroo Onoda was leading a group of 3 other soldiers.

After the end of World War 2 his group could find various left leaves stating: “The war ended on August 15. Come down from the mountains!” but they understood these papers as Allied propaganda and refused to surrender. During the coming years of guerilla warfare the Japanese and Philippine Government send various search parties, left leaves, photos of their families but nothing could persuade the men, that World War 2 was over. After the first 5 years in the Jungle one of the man decided to surrender and another 5 years later another member of the group got killed during one of the many skirmishes with the locals. In 1972, after 27 years of hiding in the Jungle and gathering information about the “enemy” Onoda’s last remaining brother in arms got killed in a fight with a Filipino Control. (more…)