Exhibtion

Introduction to the Permanent Exhibitions

Introduction to the Permanent Exhibitions

 Overview

For the permanent exhibitions, you will be guided from Exhibition Room 1 “The History of Hansen’s Disease,” to Room 2 “The Leprosarium” and Room 3 “The Proof of Survival.” You will acquire basic knowledge about the history of the disease in Room 1 and see how the patients and former patients lived their lives as human beings in Rooms 2 and 3.

 Exhibition Room 1

Exhibition Room 1

Overview of the history of Hansen’s disease in Japan focusing on government policy
1. From ancient times to the Edo period
2. The beginning of Patient Detention
3. Intensification of quarantine
4. Chemotherapy and Movement of the Patients
5. Abolition of the Leprosy Prevention Law and the State Redress Suit

 Exhibition Room 2

Exhibition Room 2

Harsh circumstances surrounding the patients in the leprosaria are described from nine points of view with a focus on the days before therapeutic medicine was developed.
1. Leprosy “Sentence”and Detention
2. Food, Clothing and House in Leprosarium
3. Treatment for Leprosy
4. Patient’s work
5. Keeping order in sanatoria
6. Marriage, Sterilization, and Abortion
7. School in the Leprosarium
8. Prejudice from Society
9. Death in the Sanatorium

 Exhibition Room 3

Exhibition Room 3

The exhibitions show how patients and former patients
searched for the meaning of their life and actually survived
even under severe circumstances. They also suggest to guests
what they should know to live together with patients and former patients.
1. From incurable to curable disease
2. Creating something to live for
3. A great advance in medical treatment
4. The present Hansen’s disease Sanatoria in Japan
5. The Hansen’s disease situation in foreign country
6. For establishment of a symbiotic relationship

 Closing Message

 It may be difficult to look at all items exhibited in this Museum at one time.
We would be grateful if you could look at what touched your heart repeatedly.
It is our hope that the Museum will help you recognize that all human beings have inviolable lifetime rights, even if disease may change one’s physical appearance, and that we should respect and love each other; so, we hope you ask yourself whether you always respect and care for others.