The Rabaul Japanese War Memorial is located on a ridge overlooking Rabaul and Simpson Harbor. Today located in East
New Britain Province in Papua New Guinea (PNG).
Postwar, this memorial was constructed by the Japanese as
a peace memorial, and a monument to those who lost their life
in and around Rabaul. At the
center of the memorial is rectangular dias with a hole that allows a single ray of sunlight
downward. The back wall of the memorial is a huge map of the Pacific with New Britain and Rabaul in the center. To each side of the memorial is a stylized bunker.
When built, the memorial was controversial to the Australian Administration that viewed the memorial as a symbol of the Japanese
occupation. Over the years, the memorial has been defaced with graffiti or neglected. Japanese veterans or visitors to Rabaul often come to this location to conduct Shinto ceremonies and say prayers.
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February 13, 2019