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I watched one documentary film last month. And I was impressed by it. It was about interview of one old man who had been soldier nearly five years in war time. His experience of war had finished at Okinawa where he suffered death. But he had been in Chine three years and eight months from his first year as a soldier. He told three episodes at China in the film. The first one was a story when he was a new soldier. One day he and other new soldiers were gathered at the ground. There were two Chinese men who attached on trees by ropes. And the older soldiers instructed them to stick with the swords witch attached at their guns into the hearts of the Chinese. Then they did that because they couldn't say any objection to it. The second one was the story when his troops did a long hard walking in mountains. Old soldiers caught one Chinese woman who was in 30s and had an infant in her arms. The old soldiers raped her and had her walk with them. After had be raped she wore only shoes and still holding her baby with cloth. When his troops took rest at cliff side she sat beside him. He noticed slightly her white body in tiredness. Suddenly an old soldier picked her baby and threw him/her into cliff. Then the mother threw herself into cliff as she chased her baby. It happened in only several seconds. He shocked little since he couldn't think things deeply because of tiredness. After that his troops restarted the walking as if nothing happened. Third is the story when he was about three year experienced soldier and he did it this time. He and his colleague soldiers wanted to test how many real human bodies their guns can shoot trough out. Then they made a line using Chinese men and shot them from front. If two or three people died they left the bodies from the line and shot again. They did it until nobody left in the line.
He is mid 90s now. And he didn’t tell these stories anybody till 2000. But he had started telling them before many people and wrote some books about them. Many people who was in the same troops said complaint why he opened those episodes. But he thinks he must talk about these facts that really happened. And people who don't experience the war must know what happen in the war and how normal people change into like devil. He said people must decide what is good or bad by themself after knowing these facts. Finally he said sadly he never tell these stories to his wife and his family directly even he have been telling the stories to many people.

Now we must know the fact include the comfort women. But we must not talk about who was bad or evil but what is bad and what we must avoid.

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I just finished reading "Daddy-Long-Legs" today. This is the second time to read this book. Then please refer my another article in this blog for the book review for it.
I'll write other things here.

Now I'm living in a room of a apartment near my mother's house. She is ninety-two now and visit a day-care center three times a week. Other days that she does n't visit there she lies on a bed or watches her favorite TV programs. When she is in her bed she is reading newspaper or her favorite two books. One book is a Japanese author's book and another is, guess what, "Daddy-Long-Legs". She read both again and again. She likes them very much.

It is n't a English book, of course. It was translated in Japanese. The book looks like very old. It's might be a appendix of a kind of girl's book. And Japanese used in the book is n't nowadays Japanese, but old fashioned Japanese. She is keeping it from her school ages. She said she was a bookworm like reading books under bed cover. Then she was getting nearsighted from her early age.

Recently, she says she is disappointed because she can n't any thing now. But she looks she enjoys her remaining life.

P.S. I used many "n't" separated from other words. Because it used in "Daddy-Long-Legs". I don't know if it was correct, since I heard Jean Webster (author of the book) was a eccentric speller in her college ages.

Happy Reading!
I found that the Reuters e-newspaper is a excellent e-newspaper for TADOKU readers.
That delivers e-newspapers everyday. And every e-newspaper has nearly a hundred articles.
And guess what? Every article has a "words count" that article includes. It's stated under its headline as shown the picture below. This is helpful for TADOKU readers who still count the words he/she had read.
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Its cost is only $5.49 per month. This is cheeper than Mainichi and Asahi (both cost $9.99) or The International New York Times ($14.99). And you can get free trial for the first 14 days. If you won’t like this e-newspaper you can cancel its subscribe without charge. I think its cost is very reasonable even if you can read one article each day.

As of this point it seems you can subscribe Reuters e-newspaper for Amazon.com US site.

For subscribe the Reuters e-news paper from your Kindle paperwhite, follow below step.
1. Tap the shopping cart icon at the main screen on your Kindle paperwhite.
2. Tap [Newspaper].
3. Tap [All Kindle Newspapers]
4. Scroll your screen until you see “Reuters”.
5. Tap [Reuters]
6. Tap [Subscribe now]
7. Then you can get today’s version of its e-newspaper.

Almost articles include few hundreds words, but some articles include 1000 to 2000 words. Additionally you can use dedicated dictionary if you want to get the meaning of words eventually.
You can also read the e-newspaper on your iPhone, iPad and Android phone/tablet with Kindle free app after subscribing. But I don’t know how to subscribe from web site. I aiso not sure that the Reuters' web site has same articles.

Happy Reading!
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My memory of summer

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Hi there. It's September. It's autumn. There was heavy rain on last week and air was cooling down. And it seems hot days won't come back.
Any way this hot summer remember me my memory of one summer day. Then I'm going to tell you about it.
(Actually this is the article I posted to TADOKU board of SEG home page at Sep 4th 2003.)

I usually visit Kyoto twice a year.
Because I stay my parents' house on summer holidays and year-end and new-year.
This year I did not take off on Bon-season, but this week.
Today I'm visiting Yasaka shrine same as other years.
After that I visited a sweety shop and ate Uji-kintoki crashed ice.
This is also my custom at visiting Kyoto.
I taste Uji-kintoki on summer or Zenzai on winter at this shop.

Today is very hot.
And I remember one summer day of several years ago.
That time I was in Yasaka shrine with my friend.
Suddenly we had strong shower, then we went unber the entrance gate of shrine.
And we saw a good sight.
There was a small cat, and she went to Komainu for hiding from shower.
Then she were sitting between Komainu's paws, under his chest.
That was beautiful scene.
Komainu's colour was almost gray, but cat's was light brown and white.
I and my friend said to each other if we had camera.
I can remember that scene clearly still now.
Then I try to make HAIKU in English for this memory.

"Shower come, Cat hid, Under stone dog's chest"

What do you think?
Happy reading!
(wrote on Sep.4.2003)

Now I tried to make a fake picture of this scene for easy understanding.
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Japanese Stained Glass

When I visit to Europe cities for sightseeing, I like to visit churches and cathedrals because their buildings, especially their stained glasses, are very beautiful. The stained glasses are normally colorful and great when you look at them from inside of buildings. I have many pictures of the them.
And when I surfed among internet I found a article of tabby’s blog “step by step” which showed beautiful Japanese stained glasses. They are built in the Yokohama Port Opening Memorial Hall. And their design are not like European style but Japanese one. When I looked the photos which tabby had took I thought I liked them as well as when I visited Europe churches and cathedrals.
I’ll show you some photos of them here (tabby said it is OK).
Yokohama Port Opening Memorial Hall
Stained Glass 1
Stained Glass 2

Visit tabby’s homepage, if you want to see more photos. Because the homepage of Yokohama Port Opening Memorial Hall doesn’t have good and much photos of them.

Japanese homepage of Yokohama Port Opening Memorial Hall is here.


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