Mabuni (Suicide) Cliff Okinawa

There are books written on the subject of World War II, of the horrors and reasons, so I won’t go into it here.  Still there are places throughout Japan that remain a testament to what happened in the hope future generations do not repeat the same mistakes.  One of those places is in Okinawa and is called Mabuni Cliff.

Located in Southern Okinawa, Mabuni cliff remains a reminder of the dangers of war-time propaganda, which helped make Okinawans and the Imperial Army so afraid of capture by Allied forces that many jumped from the high cliffs rather than be captured. Also, many Okinawans were forced to jump by Army officers either through force or the strong imperative of command in a hierarchical society.  Here are a few pictures from a visit to the cliffs with a local friend of mine.