Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Towada Kyodokan Exhibit Hakkoda Mountains Snow Marches

Towada Kyodokan (Culture Museum) Special Exhibit: April 25, 2015 (Sat.) - June 28, 2015 (Sun.)

Hakkoda Mountains Snow Marches Exhibit
(八甲田山雪中行軍展 Hakkoda-san secchuu kougun-ten)
Towada Kyodokan Culture Museum Hakkoda Mountains Snow Marches Exhibit Flyer 十和田市郷土館 八甲田雪中行軍展 チラシ
In 1902, Japanese Imperial Army 8th Divison 5th Infantry Regiment (stationed in Aomori) and 31st Infantry Regiment (stationed in Hirosaki) both undertook training marches in the snowy Hakkoda Mountains.

Whereas the march of the 5th Infantry Regiment became a disaster of an unprecedented scale,* the 31st Infantry Regiment managed to complete the training without a single victim. Their success was in part due to the support of the Towada guides.

This exhibit focuses on the 31st Infantry Regiment and their Towada guides. The exhibit also displays materials about the snow marches collected during that time by an author living in Yakeyama, Koshu Ogasawara, and also introduces local Towada snow marches.

(*It became known as the “Hakkoda Mountains Incident,” or “Hakkoda Mountains Death March”: 199 out of 210 men died when their unit got lost in a blizzard.)

*Rough translation from the description on the event flyer

Hours: 9:00-17:00 Tuesday-Sunday (closed Mondays)
Admission: FREE
Towada Kyodokan (Culture Museum) 十和田市郷土館
Nakatai-61-8 Okuse
Towada, Aomori Prefecture 034-0301

More Information:
Event Flyer (Japanese):

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