"9.18 History Monument" Shenyang Things to Do Tip by RoseAmano
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There was a poet which written by Japanese woman poet, Akiko Yosano. Her poem which was written while she sensed escalating tensions a few days before the incident on 4th Jun 1928. " Field is beautiful green, northeast 3 provinces never go to ruin, Don't warry, good neighbor" and then the incident has happened. A famous chinese general died due to blasted train by Japanese Kanto army. After 3years next incident happened on 18th Sep 1931. The railroad about 2km north of Shenyang (Mukden at that time) station was blasted again by the Japanese Kanto army and then war has begun for 15 years between China and Japan.
Her forebodings proved true. There was no person who has like her forsight. It was a shame. Due to the first incident prime minister at that time Tanaka Gichi do the entire Cabinet resigned.
We visited here on 16th Aug 2006. It was a complicated feeling for us to come here. Because we are Japanese (and USA) citizens and we had heard the news that the Japanese prime minister at the time Koizumi Junichiro paid a visit to a Yasukuni shrine the day before. This shrine is dedicated to not only honor the memory of those ordinary Japanese who were killed in the war but also war A-class criminals. The news reported anti-Japanese sentiment is growing in China. Is it really alright to come here? The guide said "Do not speak Japanese inside of this building". Our tension increased a little. There are many policemen around this building.
We entered inside of this building. There were only few people walking inside. Many terrible war histories were displayed. I saw some pathetic sight and then I thought we never should not do the war again. The monument about the incident was built at the point where it happened in 1997. Japanese former prime minister Hashimoto Ryutaro visited here in 1997. He died in July 2006.
Directions: About 2km north shenyang north station.
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