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Monday, August 06, 2007

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Mari

Thank you for comments. Yes I agree with you Heidi. Fortunately we don't know WW2. I don't need to hate any because of our country's history. revenge or old grudge can not make anything.

moof

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Martin F

Hi Heidi, I was happy to read your comments from Minnesota. I am Swedish, living in Japan for a long time. I had many difficulties trying to understand why Hiroshima and Nagasaki people had to suffer like that. It was not easy for me to visit the peace museums in those cities, but if you ever get a chance, I hope you can go there.

Best wishes

Heidi

If anyone hasn't seen it, "Hotaru no Haka" is one of the best movies about WWII ever made. I think everyone should watch it - with a B I G box of kleenex!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grave_of_the_Fireflies

Heidi

This is a very difficult subject. My parent's are the WWII generation. They were teenagers when Pearl Harbor was attacked. They were terrified at the time that the US mainland would also be attacked. There was much distrust of anyone who was Japanse living in the US - no matter how long their families had been here. It is hard for them to forget their fear from that time.

I am like Mari-san. I did not experience the war. It happened before we were born. We experience it through our parent's generation and their memories.

I have many friends who are Japanese. At first, this was very difficult for my parents. But through me they have come to see Japan as a friend and no longer the enemy. I am a member of the Japan America Society of Minnesota whose goal is to promote genuine friendship and cultural understanding between the US and Japan. This society grew from the St. Paul/Nagasaki Sister City Commision. St. Paul was the first and one of the only cities in the US to extend a hand in peace and ask for forgiveness to the people of Nagasaki.

I have a friend whose family was sent to an "internment camp" durring the war - only because they are Japanese. They resettled in St. Paul after they were released because they were unwelcomed everywhere else they tried to live. They suffered much persecution and racial discrimination at that time. They had a good, peaceful life in St. Paul and the family has grown very large. :) What happened at that time was horrible everywhere in the world - even in the US.

I took a class on Japanese history taught by a Japanese historian last year and I learned so much about that period in History from Japan's point of view.

I think it is extremely important to study and remember history so we don't make the same mistakes again. The WWII generation is dying and it is up to the generations behind them to always remember - those who forget history are doomed to repeat it.

I think it is such a wonderful example of peace to the entire world that now Japan and the US are friends. Individual people in both countries, who were once bitter enemies, can forgive, reconcile and now are close friends.

Gloria

I saw a documentary yesterday about the bombing on Discovery Channel. Though I studied about it in high school history, and I have read about it, this was the first time I see a documentary about it (because I avoid war documentary). It was a horrible tragedy but I am glad it is the past now.

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