By Henry Sakaida, Koji Takaki
B-29! No different time period struck such terror within the hearts of the japanese public in the course of global struggle 2 than this unmarried, most-hated identify. It was once then basically ordinary that the pilots who tried to shoot those high-flying Boeing bombers out of the skies over Tokyo, Nagasaki, Hiroshima and Kobe may still turn into often called the elite of the japanese military Air strength.
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The shrine, typical of those in the area, consists of two attached buildings, one behind the other, with the larger one in front, the smaller (the inner sanctum) behind. The front part of the shrine contains the usual paraphernalia, including a large drum, the mikoshi (an elaborate palanquin-like portable shrine in which the kami, or something representing the kami, is temporarily housed while it is carried through the district over which it presides) mounted on two trestles, and a box for donations.
She asked, looking from Masako to me, and obviously surprised to see a foreigner. "We've just moved into Sora. Into Mr. Sawada's house beside the vermilion bridge," answered Masako. "My hus- 44. VILLAGE JAPAN band is from Britain and I'm from Tokyo. " "Ah, good. Mr. Sawada's house. Yes, I know," she said smiling. "You've come to a good place. The land here is very soft and gentle, like the people. We never have earthquakes here. " Three nights later, I had just gone upstairs and begun to undress when, as I put out my hand to hang my shirt on a large iko (a lacquered stand for hanging kimono).
For fertilizer they simply used the contents of their cesspits and the rice husks as a mulch. The only place they used chemical fertilizers and insecticides was on the rice and tobacco grown for the government, in accordance with that government's directives. And even though the harvest of our final summer in Sora was ruined by a disastrous drought, we never needed to buy rice for the whole of the following winter, due to the selfless generosity of our neighbors. In their gratitude for rice and their close identification with its propagation, the old people, particularly the women, seemed to feel a duty to continue the cultivation of their own family fields, long after the remaining members of the family had died or moved away and there was no longer any practical need They would be the last in their family line to do so, even though they were so RICE FIELDS (TAMBO) • 31 stricken by age and a lifetime's labor that they could only literally crawl around their fields on their hands and knees, going to and from them with the support of their prams.
B-29 Hunters of the JAAF by Henry Sakaida, Koji Takaki