The Firebombing of Tokyo – Part 1

A new series of posts from Koji about what you don’t read in history books.

Masako and Spam Musubi

A View From Both Sides

IMG_5039-1 From left: Grandmother, Dad in US Army uniform 1947 and his youngest brother (seated), circa 1943. The writing is my aunt’s; you can see “B-29”.  Copyright Koji D. Kanemoto

My Aunt Eiko called me in April of 2011; you can tell she was crying.

“I’ve seen this before,” she said in Japanese.  She was watching the TV footage of the disaster caused by the 9.0 earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

Dumbfounded, I asked, “How could you have seen this before?  The earthquake just happened.”

“完全な破壊。。。戦争思い出したわぁ。。。” or loosely translated, “From the war…  I remember seeing this (complete destruction) from the war…”

Ironically, she was recalling what she saw exactly 66 years earlier – April 1945 – when Tokyo and many other cities were firebombed in an all out world war.

She was there.

And so was someone else from the other side of the Pacific.


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4 thoughts on “The Firebombing of Tokyo – Part 1

    1. How bloggers’ stories interweave is also fascinating…

      What I have learned from this great meeting of minds is that history books don’t even start to convey what really happened in WWII, and for all the wars for that matter.

      History books are so self-serving for those who need to justify war, and glorify those who were not the real heroes.

      1. You know yourself that it depends on what country prints the history, that’s the spin it gets. Thank goodness for the web where we can locate so many different records and compare them for the actually facts. We haven’t even made a dent in documenting the wars yet….so – it’s back to work we go…..

  1. Personal stories and accounts are so much more meaningful and give a much truer account of events. As with the First World War, one day all these people will be gone and their memories too. That will be a sad day.

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