A new display of items related to
The display, which focuses on the end of the war has, as its centerpiece, a Japanese Zero fighter which was discovered in a jungle on
The aircraft's aluminum shell is in a poor state and is marked by bullet holes. It has also deteriorated due to conditions in the jungle.
Kikuchi said the museum decided to display the aircraft for the first time because its skeletal appearance vividly symbolizes the crumbling of the Japanese empire toward the end of the war.
He said, "The Zero stands for early Japanese victories and also later defeats. This example of the Zero is visually arresting and intriguing." The plane was acquired by the museum about 14 years ago and was stored outside
Other items on display for the first time include the British flag that was flown over the municipal buildings in
Kikuchi said this is one of his favorite items as it "encapsulates a great reversal of fortunes."
The display, which is part of the museum's exhibition covering key snapshots from
The exhibition also includes a bed sheet embroidered by a prisoner of war during captivity, propaganda leaflets dropped on
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