Okinawa: In the crosshairs of war

Apr 4, 2015

Okinawa: In the crosshairs of war

by Stephen Mansfield

“We always seem to be at the tail end of history, dragged along roads already ruined by others.” — “Memoirs of a Declining Ryukyuan Women,” Kushi Fusako On a recent trip to the Pacific island of Guam, I came across a peculiar omission in ...

Mar 31, 2015

Himeyuri storytellers pass baton

The female students and teachers who were mobilized to form the Himeyuri corps, a nursing unit for the Imperial Japanese Army during the Battle of Okinawa, have retired as storytellers due to old age, handing the baton to a younger generation that did not ...

Kamikazes live on at their Chiran base

Feb 8, 2014

Kamikazes live on at their Chiran base

by Winifred Bird

As a child growing up in California in the 1980s, I learned my share of Japanese words. Sushi, which my family would get for a treat on birthdays. Mochi (chewy rice cake), ramen and karaoke — all encountered at the Japanese shopping arcade downtown. ...