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Museum to launch investigation into cultural assets taken overseas at time of Battle of Okinawa

  • November 4, 2021
  • , Ryukyu Shimpo , p. 25
  • JMH Translation

A temple bell returned by a former U.S. soldier is now displayed at the Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum.

A temple bell that was taken to the U.S. after the Battle of Okinawa has been returned to Okinawa for the first time in 76 years. It is not known when or where the bell was made or where it used to hang. Valuable cultural assets were either destroyed during the Battle of Okinawa or they were lost after being taken back to the U.S. as booty. Director Dana Masayuki of the Okinawa Prefectural Museum and Art Museum is planning to launch a thorough investigation into the circumstances of cultural assets that were taken to foreign countries around the time of the Battle of Okinawa. (Abridged)


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