The Cornerstone of Peace

Statement of Purpose

Photo of The Cornerstone of Peace
Photo of The Cornerstone of Peace

"The Cornerstone of Peace" was erected to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the end of the World War II and the Battle of Okinawa. It conveys to the Japanese as well as people of the world, the "spirit of peace" which has developed through Okinawa's history and culture. The names of all those who lost their lives in the Battle of Okinawa- regardless of their nationality or whether they ware of military or civilian status- are inscribed on "The Cornerstone of Peace," Serving as a prayer for eternal world peace.


[Remember Those Lost in the War, Prayer for Peace]
"The Cornerstone of Peace" is a place to remember and honor the 200,000 people who lost their lives in the Battle of Okinawa and other battles, to appreciate the peace in which we live today and to pray for everlasting world peace.

[Pass On the Lessons Learned from War]
Okinawa was the site of Japan's only land is battle during World War II. Okinawans were caught up in the battle, resulting in the massive loss of precious lives and cultural assets. Our wartime experience must not be allowed to fade away. "The Cornerstone of Peace" will pass on to future generations the lessons learned from the tragedy of War.

[A Place for Meditation and Learning]
In addition to the engraved memorial walls, sculptures are arranged throughout the facility to impart a sense of tranquility to all visitors.



Number of names Inscribed

Place of origin Number
Japan Okinawa
Other prefectures
Foreign countries U.S.A
North Korea
Republic of Korea

We will inscribe the names of war dead
who are identified in the future.