World War II “The Sad History” of Ueno Zoo Tokyo Japan


Who could forget the Wold War II, a global war that lasted from 1939-1945 which directly involved more than 100 million people from over 30 countries including the Philippines? A reason why even today in our present era there are some people who are still not able to move on from the past; the hate, pain and bitterness brought by the war and its enemies. However, we need to move on and learn from the past; it does not totally mean we need to forget but we must forgive.

When we are angry and full of hatred, likewise, we don’t care what they had been through, our enemies, but we only care what over what they did to us.

Like Japan as what they did to us during world war 2, we hated them, right? I admit am one of their haters when I was a child because I do not know their history, I’ve only learned that they are a bad people and country. But when you read their history about the second world war, it will open your mind that ” War is Universal”; that it did not only happen in our country, but also to them, and much more horrible. Because aside from atomic bombings on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki which killed at least 200,000 people and most of the dead were civilians, the rest suffered by radiation sickness, compounded by illness and malnutrition. It’s not only people who are victims of war, but also the animals who are taken cared of in Ueno Zoo,Tokyo Japan.

I have once been to Ueno zoo, and if you’ll take a look, it’s just a simple zoological park like any other zoo, except that the difference is its history behind those animals living there.

Back to its sad history after the March 1945 bombings of tokyo, the Japanese Army ordered that all wild and dangerous animals at the zoo be killed; claiming that bombs could hit the zoo and escaping wild animals could wreak havoc in the streets of Tokyo.

The animals were executed by poisoning, strangulation or by simply placing the animals on starvation diets. And during that time, Japan, overlaid with sorrow and the flood of tears of the Japanese people and their children. Now a permanent memorial can be found in the Ueno zoo.

War reminds us that his victim is not our true enemies, but the innocent people and living things on this planet. There is no victory in war, we can’t get satisfaction with a violent way either by taking the lives of many people; it never has a happy ending.

We can obtain victory and happiness by unity and peace whatever your religion, race, culture, and nationality is.

Although, it is hard to accept what the war brought to us’we need to move on and live peacefully in the present. Pray and hope that it would never be happen again.

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