[財団ブログ ― ハンセン病]
National Hansen's Disease Museum in Tokyo

On the 1st day of the 2-day workshop on preservation of HD/leprosy history, we had a brief tour of the museum.
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MORHAN members asking questions about the museum
On the 2nd day, we heard from Mr Yasuji Hirasawa, one of the founding member of the Prince Takamatsunomiya Memorial Hansen’s Disease Museum, which later became the National Hansen’s Disease Museum in 2007.
Mr Hirasawa shared his view and vision of the museum.
“The museum became a reality out of our earnest wish.
Our history will be lost forever if we do not tell the history ourselves.
If the society forgets our history, how we have lived will be lost.
If everything is lost, and nothing remains behind us, why have we lived?
What is the meaning of our lives?
That is why we felt it necessary to preserve our history.
However, there were only a few people who agreed with this idea.
Majority of those who lived in the sanatorium opposed to the idea of creating a HD museum.
After all these struggles, we have finally arrived here where we could live quietly.
Why create a museum when it can stir the society, and evoke stigma and discrimination, many opposed.
I believe there are three fundamental values in running the museum.
* The society where we can be happy is the society where everyone else in the society can be happy.
* Our activities and movement is not only ours, but it is the activities and movement that can contribute to the society.
* A society where people with different needs can coexist is much called for
The Hansen’s Disease Museum is not only to tell what has happened in the past but it is a museum which should contribute to improving the society. It serves as a place which inquires people what it means to live a life, what a life means., and that is what we should aim”
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Mr Hirasawa