Never Forget Today.

On August 15th, when we finally got free from the war. I am going to devote my thoughts to all of the victims and the people who suffered from WW2, Pacific War.

Maybe this topic, or what I feel right now is not as touching as the actual stories from the people who actually experienced the war. this time let me focus more on Pacific War from a Japanese perspective. But I want you all to read my post, regardless of where you are from. im sure this can related to anyone who has ancestors going to the war.

– I watched this movie called “永遠の0” (Eien no zero). ‘The Eternal Zero’ which, inspired me a lot to write. It made me cry a lot. Amazing movie. Great story that deserves to be seen. Honestly. The words they said in the movie touched my heart. They are still in my mind. It portrays a man who was on the Kamikaze. It shows how cruel wars are, how precious lives are, and more of the things that make you think of. You might not be willing to see the movie about wars because usually it can be biased, but I would say everyone living today’s world really should watch it as they give us the great message you can live along with. (I believe that there are ones with English subtitles on the web. This story is originally from the novel by Hyakuta Naoki.)  In Japan, during Pacific War, there was a special Army called “特別攻撃隊、in short we call it 特攻隊(Tokkoutai), which I suppose, is well known as “kamikaze” in English. They basically are a “Self destruction Army” because of their work. They went attack into the enemies army and almost in every occasion, they ended up dying. Most likely. To those who don’t understand the point of doing this, I feel you. We Japanese people were doing this just for our honor and pride. Sacrificing our lives for our own country was the most honorable thing. Now, people today think this is crazy, but at that moment this was pretty normal.

I knew that wars are really horrible, but again, I don’t feel to put into words when I imagine how horrible it was. I struggle to find the right words, and am trying to look for words carefully not to sound superficial, yet being true to what I am feeling. I sometimes get annoyed at myself knowing nothing about what people at that time have been through. Being given the life here, as their descendants I didn’t know what I can do about it other than just praying, honoring them. I have been thinking of the meaning of life as their descendant. – But I know now.

Today, I wonder what our ancestors fighting for our country at that time would think of what Japan now. is this country the one you wanted it them to be? Is this the country you were dying to protect for your children, grandchildren? All I can do is imagine, or listen, however, they left us the mission that we have to complete, being the survivors living their future. ; which is, keep fighting for your life. You are here to tell the stories. Ask whoever has the experiences. i believe that every survivor has their own stories. Every little thing seems precious to me, because i know that there were people who wanted that thing that we take for granted, yet couldn’t get it. I feel that I’m attached to even strangers, who are living now as soon as I imagine their family. I show my huge respect to old people surviving today, smiling, living day by day as if there was nothing happened from the bottom of my heart.

Keep telling the stories. Keep passing on your thoughts to the next generations. Don’t let their stories to bury into the past where nobody can see it today. That is why I am writing this post today, to fulfill the wishes people wishing they’d survive today but didn’t come true hoping that I could inspire someone to do the same.

Thank you for all your love.

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6 thoughts on “Never Forget Today.

  1. こんにちはさきさん、I just watched your replay and the replays of your fellow scopers about this day in history. What a beautiful idea you have come up with. I’m sitting here typing to you and thinking about a side of the story that was never really taught when I was in school. Very sad. Thank you and your fellow scopers for bringing awareness about the other side of this day to your fans.
    If you don’t mind, I would like to share a little something with you about my challenging study of にほんご(Japanese language). I think I started because of some Japanese music that my son had shared with me. I loved the music, but I didn’t understand a single word. As I did a little research on Japan, I found that I was becoming more curious about all things Japanese. Not only the music, but the culture, people, history and the FOOD! I guess I figured that maybe the best way to learn about all those things was perhaps to learn the language.
    I said all that to say that I’m beginning to believe that there is a much deeper reason for my desire to learn Japanese, and not just the lyrics to a song. The connections I’m making with you and other scopers from Japan, my Japanese teacher and a few friends from Japan are driving me to learn so much more about this wonderful country.

    I am so very thankful that Japan has survived this horrible tragedy. Because of Japan’s strength, honor, pride and desire for へいわ (peace), I now have the opportunity to learn more about and hopefully visit one day this beautiful country.
    I will pray for the people and your country tonight before I go to sleep.

    おやすめなさい。
    (Goodnight)

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    1. Aw Stephen. Thank you for checking out our scopes! We do really appreciate your support.

      Wow, really interesting and amazing to know how you got interested in learning Japan and Japanese language. I find it fascinating, when I hear of the stories like that, and also can feel the strong connections with people like yourself ; who are attracted to Japan. I am amazed by how beautiful people supporting me or Japan are, which I think is why I can’t stop sharing a part of my life here. Thanks so much for your story. You deserve to visit here. I am praying for you. I do hope to see you soon on my scopes, and best luck with your Japanese. I know you can do it! 🙂

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  2. There is the story of Shoichi Yokoi , a Sargent in the Imperial Japanese Army . He was the last one to be found on Guam in January 1972 , still believing the war was not over. I arrived in Guam in June of that year after he had been given a hero’s welcome back in Japan. He came back to Guam and tried to help find if there could be anyone else left . But he was the last one ever found.

    At that time I was in the US Navy as a result of leaving College and not wanting to be drafted because of the Vietnam War.
    I hated the war and yet I had ended up in a place from where much bombing was being carried out.
    I pray for peace for everyone. Thank you for your beautiful message Saki .

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    1. Hello John, thank you for your kind words and sharing your story with me. yes I have heard of him, he is well known in Japan as well. Such a brave and great man isn’t he?
      Definitely, wars are horrible. I hope that we won’t make a same mistake ever again. Your wish itself means a lot to us! I wish every human being would be as kind as you. Thank you!!

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  3. Just a little more to this story. I was assigned to a small communications station at a deserted beach known as Ritidian Point. There is a 1000 meter sheer cliff drop off leading to the jungle and beach. To maintain their dignity and honor many Japanese committed suicide there when the island was lost to them. The year was 1972 and I would looked up at this cliff wall with all it’s surrounding beauty against the ocean and try to understand.
    This is the northern most point of the island and the currents in the water come straight from Japan. Occasionally a storm and high tide will bring a Japanese fishermans netted glass ball over the reef without breaking up on the coral It is a prize to find one of these colorful pieces from thousands of miles away. To me Saki , you are one of these riding the currents of the Internet.

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    1. John, thanks again for sharing this story with me. Such a beautiful description you made here, I imagined what you saw, what you thought of, which makes me a bit emotional. Yes, a lot of Japanese people committed suicide just for their honor, and I heard of a woman having a poison just in case when she was found by American soldiers she could kill herself. it is heartbreaking.
      Beautiful. You have a beautiful heart. Lots of love to you, from here, my beautiful home Japan.

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