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Okinawa’s rainy season cannot wash away trauma of war

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28.05.2018

Faint smells can evoke distant memories, such as scents of a futon being dried in the sun, winds from the sea and aged books. Rain falling on earth is another example.

In Okinawa, the rainy season has set in ahead of other parts of the nation. The air becomes thick with subtropical humidity.

I once heard that the dense air around this time of the year upsets some elderly Okinawans.

They may no longer remember how old they are, but memories of the Battle of Okinawa, which intensified this season, have been burned into their bodies and souls, according to locals.

On May 27, 1945, the Imperial Japanese Army headquarters, which had holed up in an underground bunker in Shuri in the city of Naha, retreated from the........

© The Asahi Shimbun