Japan has a profound history of the Japanese military that it has even dedicated one museum for wartime exhibits. Among the exhibits is a large model of the battleship known as “Yamato” which is considered as one of the most powerful battleships ever constructed. However, with several sea trials, the ship didn’t survive the war.
Upon the museum’s opening on April 23, 2005, the large battleship, Yamato, immediately became the center of attention. It was named after the ancient province of Yamato, which corresponds to the present-day Nara Prefecture. The ship was originally designed to counter the numerous US battleships. It was heavy and powerfully armed with nine 46 cm 45 Caliber Type 94 guns. It also served as the flagship of the Japanese Combines Fleet, the main ocean-going component of the Imperial Japanese Navy. During those times, designers knew that if war were to break out, Japan wouldn’t match the US naval shipyards. Thus, vessels of the new Yamato class were designed in extreme secrecy to prevent American intelligence from detecting their existence.
Yamato Battleship encountered several initial operations and sea trials until it was defeated on April 7, 1945, when the battleship was dispatched for a special mission to Okinawa. It was tasked to fight until destroyed in order to protect the island. However, it was immediately spotted by the Americans and was sunk by torpedo bombers where it lost most of its crew.
Since the time of its construction, the ship held significant weight in Japanese culture. Due to its power, it became a symbol of the naval power which raised the military’s confidence to do battle.
So, if you would like to see a replica of the Yamato Battleship, you can find it at the Yamato Museum. It’s a great place, created to help educate people on Japan’s maritime history and see Yamato’s significance in Japanese culture, beliefs and the pride in their country.
Yamato Museum Website*Japanese Only