Thursday, August 15, 2013

68 Years On

Japan marks 68th anniversary after war with two bomb attacks.

However, we Japan still face some crucial issues among Asian neighbors.

It's because we gradually forget the past crime and pass the buck to others.

"War is evil." That's the common sense.

Then we need to think "why it happened" much more deeply, share the ideas to prevent any war and cooperate with each other for world peace.

Never Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Okinawa again.

I'd like to pray for the souls of dead and apologize deeply for Japan's past atrocity.

Here is the famous photo and explanation quoted from an English textbook of Japan's high school.

This photograph was taken by an American photojournalist, Joe O’Donnell, in Nagasaki in 1945.

He recently spoke to a Japanese interviewer about this picture.

"I saw a boy about ten years old walking by. He was carrying a baby on his back. In those days in Japan, we often saw children playing with their little brothers or sisters on their backs, but this boy was clearly different. I could see that he had come to this place for a serious reason. He was wearing no shoes. His face was hard. The little head was tipped back as if the baby were fast asleep.

"The boy stood there for five or ten minutes. The men in white masks walked over to him and quietly began to take off the rope that was holding the baby. That is when I saw that the baby was already dead. The men held the body by the hands and feet and placed it on the fire.

"The boy stood there straight without moving, watching the flames. He was biting his lower lip so hard that it shone with blood. The flame burned low like the sun going down. The boy turned around and walked silently away." 

I wish I can see many kids' smile in the next 10 years, 20 years, and forever always. 

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