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... that died ( of course a kamikaze pilot dies) about 12 were of Korean origin.
I guess therefore that Japan achieved its aim. No country in SE Asia is a colony of those countries anymore. Would this have been the situation if there had been no WWII?
And then it was time for my last rail pass ride - to Nagasaki.
I spoke to the weather god and he stopped the rain. Its back to 30+ and high humidity but sunshine. ( I'm keeping my distance from the rice farmers ...
... at the volcano in the bay. The evening was nice. I tried out a Sushi restaurant and spent the meal talking to a friendly old Japanese gentleman in his broken English - far better than my non existent Japanese - while his wife looked on as we drank more beer than was probably good for him. And now I'm back at the hostel about to call it a night but first trying Mitake, which is a brand of Sweet Potato ...
... We walked through one of their very spartan barracks.There are large and small video screens featuring interviews with family members and support staff, even one with the restaurant owner. Unfortunately, almost everything is only in Japanese. There are audio guides in English, but our visit was too short for them to do much good.
As this was a Saturday, the museum was packed with Japanese taking it all in. The messages being reinforced seemed to be: The war was ...
... The other pilots were always a bit suspicious that he might be a spy. His two brothers were in the American army, serving in Europe.
The English audio narration provided a Japanese perspective on the roots of the Pacifc War, as they call it, describing it as Japan's effort to stop Western powers from colonizing Asia so that Japan could enter into mutually beneficial relationships with its neighbors in Asia.
Living my last moments here in Japan with not a long to go before hitting the next country. The timetable of the ferry wasn't the best, i would have rather taken a morning one back to Kagoshima to give me some time to explore the city but unfortunately i arrive at 6pm back here leaving ...
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