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Personal perspectives on the tragedy of war are bound to be rampant this week, so Sunday’s installment of Nihon TV’s “Document” series (Sunday, 1:25 a.m.) might feel like overkill to some people. As history, though, it offers something more interesting.

The documentary charts the 60-year history of a collection of 728 picture postcards. All of the cards were sent by a soldier in the Japanese Imperial Army to his wife back in Japan during the Pacific War. The soldier, who died in battle on the island of Luzon in the Philippines at the age of 31, dreamed of becoming a painter, and each of the postcards contains not only a message, but a beautiful handmade picture.

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