‘It sounds strange, but we were congratulating each other for being selected’ for the special suicide attack unit. ‘When I knew we had lost the war … the thought going through my mind was I had missed my chance to die … and be remembered in infinite glory.’ Two Japanese veterans share memories of the second world war and the aftermath of the atomic bomb attack on Hiroshima. For full story and video interview excerpts click here.
One of the most intriguing and important stories surrounding the 70th anniversaries of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki atomic bombings connects to oral history. Japanese culture has long been divided between its oral culture and its written culture, though both have remained vibrant. Not only are different language forms used in both, but also different ways of feeling and thinking are encoded differently into spoken or written language. For full story click here.