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I came to Japan for the preview of Obama’s visit, when the G7 foreign ministers assembled at Hiroshima, led by the US State Secretary John Kerry. He should apologise, people said. You do not think Kerry apologised for nuking the city, did you? Neither did Obama. The Americans never apologise, banish the thought. Love means never having to say you’re sorry, and they are in love with the rest of the world. Otherwise, why would they screw it so violently and wish to possess so intensely?

Mind you, I am not in favour of apologies. The Jews did not ask the Germans to apologise, they asked for cash. The Germans anyway were sorry for paying so much. The Armenians tried to trick the Turks into apologies hoping to add the demand for payment as a rider. The Turks preferred to be rather safe than sorry. The Americans famously did not apologise to the Vietnamese for invasion and ruination of their country.

Only once the US apologised, and I actually saw the apology document in Pyongyang. LBJ had apologised for sending a spy boat Pueblo to North Korean waters, and he surely was sorry as hell.

Instead of apologies, Obama could remove the US occupation troops from Japanese soil, but for sure he did not. Seventy years after the war, the American troops are everywhere – in Germany, in Japan, in Iraq and in Guantanamo. Donald Trump would not apologise either, but there is a reason to hope he will call his dogs of war back home, and this is more important than a thousand apologies.

Obama, and before him Kerry spoke of Hiroshima “being bombed” in passive tense, as if this was done by nature, and described North Korea as the threat to world peace. (One could imagine that Koreans bombed Hiroshima!) He droned one hundred thousand Japanese men, women and children and a dozen American prisoners, as if these numbers were comparable. He called for elimination of nuclear weapons while creating the whole new generation of nuclear weapons. He condemned Japanese drive for dominance while enforcing the US hegemony all over the world, from Syria to Venezuela to South China Sea.

No apologies, but a lot of self-righteousness – I’d love to see Obama playing Tartuffe, he is a natural one.

For many Japanese his visit added insult after injury, as these islanders abhor the blacks more than any KKK Wizard ever could. I was kicked out of my rented apartment in Tokyo for merely inviting a black student home, and my landlady could not stop screaming that I insulted her and her ancestors.

Hiroshima is unlovely. It is so 1960s, a great time for human spirit but an awful one for architecture. Chances are, you visited or even lived in such towns, for they were built all over the globe, in England and Russia, in the US and Israel, in Sweden and France, gray, concrete houses of no soul. In Japan, such places are not frequent, for despite terrible devastation of the war, the country preserved its beauty and its unique character. Hiroshima was a beautiful city, but that was before the A-bomb. However, I do not want to add to macabre dread of this superweapon, as the Americans had burned more people alive in their houses in Tokyo or Dresden than in Hiroshima.

This huge human flesh burnt offering has been the real true holocaust of 1940s, while the Jewish one was introduced in the late 1960s to undermine the real thing. A baby-boomer, I grew up in the world that bewept Hiroshima, the subject of many films and events, and did not know of Auschwitz. This was a better world; not only was I younger, but there was more hope for improvement of our lot, for better life. When Auschwitz obscured Hiroshima, hope was surpassed by indifference, and then by despair. Now you do not hear much of Hiroshima anywhere, not even in Japan, where allegedly a quarter of youth think the A-bomb was dropped by the Russians.

Allegedly, for I never met such an ignorant youth, but I understand that a Japanese person who refers to Americans bombing Hiroshima more than once will find his career nipped in the bud; he will be consigned to nationalist-militarist category of Yukio Mishima followers, or worse. The Japanese are very cautious people; they do not speak out of their turn, they do not say what is not approved by their seniors. In the samurai days, incautious Japanese met their Creator very fast; nowadays it is career rather than neck.

Hiroshima, and MacArthur’s occupation was a midway-marking stone of American colonisation of Japan. Its beginning was signalled by the black ships of Commodore Perry entering Edo Bay on July 8, 1853. Before that, Japan was a lovely secluded sleeping beauty, immersed in her own world, performing music imported from Tang China in the 7th century (forgotten in its native China ages ago), acting its ancient temple Noh plays and composing haiku poems at the sakura viewing.

Americans rudely woke her up, and she arose in a very bad mood, quickly modernising and imitating her Western tutors by grasping colonies and seizing Korea, Malaya, Vietnam, Formosa, trashing the US fleet and sending its settlers all over.

After the defeat in 1945, the undoing of Japan speeded up. No nation can survive unscathed an extensive aerial bombardment: for a few generations, people will remain a shadow of themselves. That’s why they bomb before they occupy, be it in Japan or Iraq, Korea or Vietnam. Then they go after national spirit. The occupiers banned the first film of Kurosawa, The Tiger’s Tail, still beautiful to watch. But Japanese, incredible people, rebuilt their country from ruins and made it great again.


The occupation is still there: beautiful Okinawa islands are turned into the US military bases. Japanese girls are being casually raped by the US soldiers; the most recent rape and murder occurred just before Obama’s visit. There is a financial rape, too: yen carry trade is the US device to weaken the Japanese economy and enrich the Wall Street speculators, and it is very efficient. There is a political rape: independence-seeking politicians are being killed, arrested for graft, or marginalised.

There is a cultural rape: the US forces Japan to accept migrants, to buy cheap rice from abroad undermining Japanese peasants. Hamburgers and pizzas displace Japanese food. More people live in modern Western-style dwellings, sleep in beds, eat meat, watch Hollywood movies. Foreigners seep in, though not as many as Washington would like to see. They come mainly from nearby countries, from Taiwan, Philippines, Korea and Malaysia. They marry Japanese or stay illegally, for it is quite impossible to move to this country legally. Europeans are rare: Japan is not fashionable anymore.

This is a loss: Japan is unique and wonderful. This is the only full-blown great alternative civilisation on our planet still extant. I lived in Japan for three delightful years in mid 1970s, when its culture was less diluted than it is now. I enjoyed sleeping on a tatami floor in a soft quilt-covered futon, I had its perfect rice-and-raw-egg breakfast; in the cold nights, I warmed my body in the near-boiling waters of furoo; I watched flowers and wrote poems.

I came to admire and adore the Japanese, for their supreme honesty and politeness, for their refined culture, for their women – this most excellent product of their civilisation, for their well-behaving children, for their peculiar customs.

They have fewer children now. One can walk from morning to evening in a biggish Japanese city without ever sighting a child. Some threescore years ago, when I lived in Japan, a Japanese woman carrying her child on her back was an ubiquitous vision. Not any more: if you see a person carrying a child, it is likely to be a foreign man carrying his child on his breast and walking behind his wife. It is being said (I have no first-hand knowledge) that many young Japanese give up marriage and sex life completely, preferring to stay with their digital devices.

I came to Japan with Kerry rather than with Obama because of the sakura, as these flowers would not wait till the end of May. They blossomed in beginning of April, well after the Western Easter, but a whole month before the lazy Russian Easter was about to come. I flew in from Moscow, my heart was numbed by infernal greyness of Russian March, and Lent went relentlessly on. This is a dreadful season of no white snow, no green leaf, no pink flower; the sun fails to break through the heavy clouds, bare tree branches stick out like rat tails.

Japan was different. At the first sight of sakura, the Japanese cherry blossom, my hand involuntarily has made the sign of the cross, the way Russians do when they see a church or witness a miracle. These pinkish white flowers were a miracle, not just an aesthetic delight, but sheer rapture, a religious exaltation that promised and satisfied.

Alas, instead of serenely sitting on the grass and observing the flowers, the modern Japanese click their cameras and smartphones at the blossom. I would ban photography completely, as Baudelaire suggested; instead of trying to store the image we should live and experience the event.

Sakura time is akin to Easter Sunday, when the crowds bellow Christ is Risen, when Lent is over, the altar doors are wide open, the priests wear red, and the best week of the ecclesiastical year begins, the Easter week. Easter week is the honeymoon after the anxiety-ridden wedding night of Easter, after long travail of Lent.

For the blessed Japanese, this honeymoon comes without anxiety, unless you count the rains. Frequent at this time of year, they can ruin the blossom, but this year, the Japanese gods, Kami, were good to us and sakura was allowed to come to its mind-boggling perfection on the Mount Yoshino.

A day’s ride from the imperial capital of Kyoto, this mountain is the quintessence of Japanese culture, history, tradition and faith. I saw there at the Sakuramoto shrine by Chikurin-in gate, modern-looking Japanese serenely firewalking on embers to the sounds of wild native bagpipes.

Nearby, I watched the flowers from the open-air stone bath of the hot spring, as the courtiers of the exiled emperor Go-Daigo did. Japan is still a great reservoir of spiritual energy, despite a considerable softening they went through in recent years. Not far from there, a memory of Prince Yoshitsune Minamoto still lingers at the refuge he hid with his beloved Shizuka.

The story of the defeated Prince Yoshitsune is the most un-American part of the Japanese tradition, even more than raw fish, for the Japanese love losers, while the Americans are scared to become one. Ivan Morris, a British-American writer, wrote about it a bewitching book, one of the best about Japanese culture, called The Nobility of Failure. Ivan Morris was among the first foreigners to visit Hiroshima; he was a close friend of Yukio Mishima, the Japanese nationalist writer who wanted to die for his Emperor.

Such Westerners as Ivan Morris, Arthur Waley, Lafcadio Hearn, Reginald Horace Blyth opened Japan for us in a much better way than Commodore Perry’s black ships. This is the way countries and cultures should be opened to each other: by cautiously looking into and preserving their uniqueness, not by moulding them all into a single consumer society.

Not much of primary variety remained on earth. I still witnessed France being distinct from Britain, as you may see in the films of 1960s. I still walked primeval Palestine. I experienced Swedish Sweden. I lived in Japan like a Japanese. Nowadays the differences being erased, and this is a great loss for mankind. Actually, the main objection one has to the US, that it works as the great unifier and homogeniser of world culture creating one colour instead of the whole polychrome. Needless to say, its own fragile culture suffers first.

It is not impossible to reverse the trend, to regain variety, and to a great extent this depends on you, the Americans, whether you will stem the wave, for it seems nobody else can.

Israel Shamir can be reached at [email protected]

This essay has been published first at The Unz Review

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  1. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    Good article except for the rediculous statement saying that the Jews did not ask for an apology for the “holocost”.

    The Jews did much much more than ask for an apology. They “salted the earth” in Germany making sure to wreck their country so their country would never be the same again.

    You do realize that it is illegal to question the holocost in Germany and that many Germans have apologized over and over again. Much more than any Americans have for their crimes or any Jews have for theirs. But it is never enough.

    The Japanese should not ask for an apology, since they have not apologized for their own crimes.

  2. hoc quoque finiet!

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  3. Anon • Disclaimer says:

    Sorry, Israel, to disappoint you, but the USA cannot reverse the trend to regain variety even if it wished to. Because the Masters of the USA derive their world vision from an economic model based solely on numbers as the first and last criteria of relevance. US workers are just economic units of production. If this is how we treat ourselves, then it is vain to believe that we will treat others differently.

    The USA, having wrecked its own culture, turns its wrecking ball eagerly on the unique cultures of its neighbors. Why should you enjoy something we no longer have?

    Americans sense the terrible loss of their personal attachment to their environment; the proof of this is seen in how they flock to any city that has covenants that restrict building to a historical theme. People need to feel rooted in space and time, the loss of which is seen in the anguished faces of the people you see walking by on the street. They know they’re screwed, that their leaders care not a whit for their safety, well-being or the general commonweal.

  4. Che Guava says:

    Thank you for another interesting article, Mr. Shamir.

    I have a few points of disagreement and amplification. Never knew you’d lived here before.

    these islanders abhor the blacks more than any KKK Wizard

    Two decades of bombardment by both US black pop culture and our imitations of it mean that this is no longer true as a generalisation, particularly in Tokyo, but also to a lesser extent, in Osaka and some regional cities.

    Hiroshima is unlovely.

    I agree, but the people are pleasant, and beautiful Miyajima is just a short ferry ride away. Many of the many other cities subjected to intense bombardment by the USAAF have a similarly dull urban plan, nothing much to see around the main railway station unless one is quite devoted to finding places.

    Lack of control over development also doesn’t help, Kyoto was never bombed, but if one arrives there by train, it looks just like any other city of comparable size that *was* bombed.

    a Japanese person who refers to Americans bombing Hiroshima more than once will find his career nipped in the bud; he will be consigned to nationalist-militarist category of Yukio Mishima followers, or worse.

    If by ‘or worse’ you mean assumed to be a communist or, if older, a former ultra-leftist, that is true in some contexts.

    Mishima’s speech before he and his boyfriend commited ritual suicide was derided by the soldiers he demanded make an audience, but it was a pivot point in turning the nation from pluralistic politics to the current near-monolithic model.

    At that time, complaints about the A-bombs were seem as ‘left’. After that, those of the extreme-right groups that are or were not specifically pro-American co-opted the cause.

    performing music imported from Tang China in the 7 century (forgotten in its native China ages ago)

    The revival of kogaku (ancient music) was largely a result of the annexation of Korea, based on manuscripts and instruments stolen from there. This is one of the many Korean genuine grudges never heard of in the world press. Last time I checked, admittedly years ago, nothing of it had been returned.

    Seoul still places far more importance on the form, with pretty much weekly performances.

    first film of Kurosawa, The Tiger’s Tail

    Kurosawa’s first feature film was Ichiban Utukusiku (The Most Beautiful), a late-wartime propaganda film. I have the film on DVD, and suspect I may have worked, much later, at the location.

    Alas, instead of serenely sitting on the grass and observing the flowers, the modern Japanese click their cameras and smartphones at the blossom.

    You are very right about the camera idiocy, although I think I have some good ones, through appreciation and concentration. The closest popular site to my home is so full of extremely noisy and drunk students from sports teams at the nearby ‘elite’ university, it is excruciating.

    The falling petals are also strongly identified in pop culture with the special attack forces, or kamikaze, a word that is relatively seldom used in Japanese.

    Thankfully, the ‘G7’ is over, I would have loved to write a sarcastic article about the semi-official visit to Ise with Abe as the tour guide (sure, it is a beautiful place, or rather, two places, but you will also find large groups of ultra-rightists marching in on weekends or holiday periods).

    The other ‘leaders’ showed poor judgement in taking part, instead of visiting privately if they felt like it.

    A minor point, I think you mean two-score, not three.

    Again, thank you Mr. Shamir for much great writing, including this article.

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  5. tbraton says:

    “Now you do not hear much of Hiroshima anywhere, not even in Japan, where allegedly a quarter of youth think the A-bomb was dropped by the Russians.
    Allegedly, for I never met such an ignorant youth, but I understand that a Japanese person who refers to Americans bombing Hiroshima more than once will find his career nipped in the bud; he will be consigned to nationalist-militarist category of Yukio Mishima followers, or worse.”

    Even Americans who should know much better, such as former SOS James Baker, often forget that important fact, Israel. Here is something I posted on TAC when I first started posting there in early 2010, responding to a blog by Pat Buchanan:

    “One irony about the U.S. getting on its soapbox and railing against other countries acquiring nuclear weapons (with the notable exception of Israel) is that the U.S. is the only country to ever use nuclear weapons against another country. This fact is often forgotten by otherwise well-informed and intelligent Americans. I was astounded to hear former Secretary of State James Baker (for whom I have a general admiration) state during an appearance on the Diane Rehm Show in October 2006 that “from the time we developed nuclear weapons, we have never used them.” I nearly fell off my chair and immediatey shot off an email that basically said “what about Hiroshima and Nagasacki?” Neither the caller to whom he was responding nor Ms. Rehm challenged his remark when he made it, but ten minutes later Ms. Rehm read either from my email or some other listener’s and Baker corrected his statement by adding “other than those two instances.” (You can catch this at the 27:50-29:20 and 42:00 minute marks of the audio at”

  6. bingo says:

    “This huge human flesh burnt offering has been the real true holocaust of 1940s, while the Jewish one was introduced in the late 1960s to undermine the real thing. A baby-boomer, I grew up in the world that bewept Hiroshima, the subject of many films and events, and did not know of Auschwitz. ”

    “We also cannot really trust old testament warrior colonel (since promoted) Ofer Winter with upholding the rule of law. The commanding officer of the elite Givati Brigade, Winter had this order read to his troops as they were about to attack Gaza in July 2014.

    “History has chosen us to spearhead the fight against the terrorist Gazan enemy who curses, vilifies and abominates Israel’s God.”

    Instead of outrage Max Boot tells us –
    “Boot finds it best to take us far from the subject. He wants to go down memory lane and give us a history lecture.

    He moves the story to the United States and tells us the story of US Army Lt William Calley, who led the My Lai massacre in 1968, in which hundreds of Vietnamese villagers died.”

    Head they win tail we lose . Instead of Hiroshima and instead of possible banning of nukes as an outcry again Hiroshima we get Holocaust which is unique having never happened before and will never happen again because unique Jews will prevent it happening to themselves . Not time not usurpation but intelligence is frozen in Auschwitz.

    But when war crimes take place as an expected sequeala of Zionism , we are told how bad actually US was .

  7. Kiza says:

    Firstly, I am always amazed by the similarities between Israel’s thinking and mine, although he writes much, much better than I.

    Secondly, I did believe before that the Japanese will get one day reparations from the US for the three terrible US crimes which exceed anything the Japanese have done to the US: Tokyo, Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The Japanese have been really viscous to the Chinese, but the whole lie construct of the Pearl Harbour is just annoying to any non-US and non-brainwashed person. Yet, the North Americans still consider to this day that they can introduce embargoes on countries and this does constitute an act of war. They block someone’s oil supply to starve the population and this is business as usual. Only their level of brainwashedness exceeds their meanness and stupidity. Unfortunately, the mentioned triad of the US crimes against Japanese civilians may never be repaid, as Israel says – the history is being rewritten that the Russians dropped the two nuclear bombs on Japan.

    Thirdly, a question for Israel – some Japanese nuclear opponents claimed that the huge scale of the Fukushima disaster (which is being hidden, as many people are aware) was amplified by the storage of plutonium/spent nuclear fuel for the Japanese nuclear bombs, in tanks on stilts next to the nuclear plants it came from. If this plutonium was properly disposed off, Fukushima would not have turned into the biggest civilian nuclear disaster in history. The claim was that there was enough plutonium in Fukushima reservoirs for several tens of (anti-Chinese) nuclear bombs. Has Israel heard anything about this spent fuel/plutonium?

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  8. Rehmat says:

    Both Barack Obama and John Kerry have never stopped apologizing for Israeli crimes and genocide against Americans and the Muslim world.

    The Zionist Jews not only sucked \$93 billion out of German taxpayers so far – they made every German Chancellor, political leader and even academics to apologize for the murder of tens thousands of Jews by their Nazi Christian ancestors. The Jewish lobby groups made a federal crime in Germany to question the Jewish Holocaust and any claim that Jews played a major part in the Holocaust of 1.7 million German Christians.

    Rabbi Wolf Gunther Plaut, late president of ‘Canadian Jewish Congress (CJC)’ and Chief Rabbi at Toronto’s Holy Blossom Temple, in his 1990 book, ‘The Man Who Would Be Messiah‘, wrote that Frankist Jews were responsible for the Holocaust. The book’s ‘Foreword’ was written by no other than Elie Weisel, the father of ‘holocaust culture’. Weisel did not disagree with Rabbi Plaut. The book is biography of Polish Rabbi Ya’akov Frank (1726-1791), who claimed being the biblical Messiah of Jews and thus part of Trinity….

  9. I’m living in Japan now, in its cultural heart. I agree with most of what you’ve written, and it’s a good essay… more eloquent than Obama’s speech at Hiroshima.

    I moved to Japan in a January, and, for the first few months I was here, lived in a 100+ years old villa and, like you, slept on tatami with only a padded futon for warmth and comfort. Though the sliding windows and doors in the house were closed, one could feel, lying in bed at night, the February winds wending their way in. Devoid of any heating, the key to living in the house was to soak in hot water at night and then, warm and clean, get under the futon before the cold got hold of you again.

    For those few months, I felt I had entered a different world. Then I moved into a cement block raised in the ’60s or ’70s, and since then I’ve had the incongruous experience of living in Japan, reading about Japan, and feeling that I’m reading still about some other place. I might as well be back home. Almost.

    The point I disagree with is putting the responsibility for reversal at the feet of the Americans. The Aussies and Europeans I’ve met here are as rabidly anti-Japanese (anti-British, anti-French, etc) as the Japanese and Americans. Europe needs to kill itself, and “Asia-Pacific” needs to be stillborn.

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  10. Mr. Shamir,

    Lots of non-Japanese who have spent time here profess to understand the country. With all due respect, your reply to my question will provide some insight into how well you do.

    I will admit you know the right time to come to Japan. During the week when the cherry trees are blooming, Japan is just about the most beautiful place on earth.

  11. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    >Obama, and before him Kerry spoke of Hiroshima “being bombed” in passive tense, as if this was done by nature,

    It’s passive voice, not passive tense, you low IQ moron.

    Proofread your shit.

  12. @NJ Transit Commuter

    The aesthetic delicacy and beauty in Japanese culture existed side by side , quite consistently, with the willful horrors set upon China, Korea, The Philippines, and elsewhere , including Allied POWs, in Japan’s Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere. I know of no Western historian who truly understands Japanese history, though some very fine historians have tried. The West has a culture of guilt. Japan has a strong culture of shame, to include the shame of losing The Pacific War. Had Imperial Japan atomic bombs, do you think for a moment it would have hesitated to use them in Asia, or, if it had the unlikely possibility of reach, the USA? A WWII vet who carried and used a Browning Automatic Rifle for close to three years in that conflict, told me that in Occupied Japan he found the Japanese to be “wondrous people.” That said, Japan never apologized for its horrendous treatment of Asians and Allied prisoners, and its Unit 731 for medical experiments. If you drive a Toyota or Honda, you and Japan can thank a magnanimous USA and MacArthur’s benign Occupation for a prosperous Japan. Strange are the ways of Clio—and human free will.

  13. anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    The guy speaks more languages than you can count.

  14. Cyrano says:

    The only country that will never give up their nuclear weapons is the one that invented them and they won’t do that for the same reason that they invented them in the first place: because they can’t fight a ground war. They have also came to the conclusion that as great as their navy is – it’s not enough to terrorize the world, so the nuclear weapons are staying. The Nobel prize winner shouldn’t be blabbing his hypocritical mouth about world without nuclear weapons when they themselves never intend to do anything about it.

  15. @Anonymous

    Indeed as I wrote the Japanese would prefer to see the last American soldier sailing away – to any apology. The Jews do not care for apologies, but they care to get well paid by the Germans…

  16. @Chrisnonymous

    Yes, furoo and kotatsu are necessary to survive Japanese winter! Can one still find a nice old Japanese-style house in Kyoto area? If you know of one, I ‘d rent it from September! My email is at the bottom of the article.

  17. @Kiza

    Sorry, dear Kiza, I have no first-hand knowledge about Fukushima!

  18. Avery says:

    {The Jews did not ask the Germans to apologise, they asked for cash. The Germans anyway were sorry for paying so much.}

    Oy vey, Shamir.

    You are a little confused.
    What do you call this?
    {In this Dec. 7, 1970, file photo, West German Chancellor Willy Brandt kneels down during his visit in the former Jewish Ghetto of Warsaw,…}

    Or this
    {German Docs Apologize for Colleagues’ Actions in WW2
    Doctors visiting Israel offer apology in name of Germany’s medical profession for the persecution of Jewish colleagues during the Holocaust
    read more}

    Lots and lots of apologies by Germans for the Holocaust, in addition to cold, hard cash.

    { The Armenians tried to trick the Turks into apologies hoping to add the demand for payment as a rider. The Turks preferred to be rather safe than sorry. .}

    Armenians tried to trick the genocidal, nomad Turks?
    A good one, Shamiroğlu.
    Still shilling for your Uyguroğlar Turk kin ?

  19. @NJ Transit Commuter

    For some strange reason, I can’t post a reply in Japanese though I tried twice )) shitteita ga oku o vasuremashita.

  20. @Anonymous

    Is it necessary to be that rude to make your point in your circles?

  21. @Che Guava

    Thank you so very much for your corrections! Shimatta!
    I love Ise, and Musume Dojoji is one of my favorite pieces of Japanese theatre.
    The falling petals indeed are connected with the noble fliers – probably because of the well-known poem, or is it other way around?
    As for music, I meant gagaku; I never heard of its Korean origin.
    Thank you for the Kurosawa reference – I’ll try to watch it.
    And thank you again for adding so much of value to my piece.

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  22. tbraton says:

    “It’s passive voice, not passive tense, you low IQ moron.
    Proofread your shit.”

    That’s a rather harsh overreaction on your part, don’t you think? It was pretty clear from the context what Mr. Shamir meant to say, even if his word choice was a bit off. In my estimation, Mr. Shamir writes a pretty accomplished style of English. If that weren’t the case, I wouldn’t offer up my petty criticisms from time to time when I think he has fallen short. The difference, however, is that I offer up my criticisms, not to chastise Mr. Shamir, but to improve his English. His gracious acceptance of criticism and acknowledgment of error speaks of one who stands ready to improve his English. Your blatant, over-the-top, aggressive, arrogant and petty criticism does nothing but underscore your own barbaric nature.

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  23. Rehmat says:

    I don’t know why your excuses remind me of professor Mordechai Kedar (Bar-Ilan University) who claimed in 2013 that “Japan has no Muslim problem, because no Muslim is allowed by Japanese government.”

    Interestingly, Muslim-majority Pakistan is known as the ‘Tower of Strength’ in Japan due to its active part at the Japanese Peace Treaty signed on September 8, 1951 in San Francisco. Between 1952-53, Pakistan donated 60,000 ton of rice to staving Japanese. Both countries exchanged ambassadors in 1952. In May 1957, Japanese prime minister Nobusuke Kishi paid official visit to Pakistan. Pakistan’s military dictator, Field Marshal Muhammad Ayub Khan returned the visit on December 12-19, 1960….

  24. tbraton says:

    I guess I should have checked first, but I’m not surprised to see that was a first post on by “Eagles High.” Sort of a drive-by shooting.

  25. “I lived in Japan like a Japanese.”

    But, you’re not Japanese, and from a racial DNA perspective, you never will be. Also, according to UN and other world stats, Japan is ethnically 97-98% ethnically Japanese and that’s not changing anytime soon. But then, the article was admittedly short on evidence, facts, etc. especially ones that directly run counter to its main themes. Only a foreigner or “citizen of the world” who tries to identify with every culture and therefore with nothing in particular could make that dippy, asinine statement, one of which has no objective meaning.

    I was unaware that modern Japan is so weak in spirit and cannot speak up for itself that it must hire out a foreigner (who will never become a Japanese person) to plead its case before the first world at large. But then, as a foreigner, many of them tend to be “citizens of the world” or nomads, with no place to call their home. Unlike the Japanese and other nations who are tied to their own lands thru thousands of yrs of heritage, these nomads owe allegiance to no land, to no one, and only serve themselves as the highest good.

    There is a reason that Japan has a low birthrate and declining population (apparently lost on the author). Japan was among the first nations to legalize abortion (in 1947). They don’t particularly want to have a larger population. If they did then they would correct the problem over time.

    Also, Japan has among the highest protectionist measures in order to safeguard its economy and its jobs. They aren’t anywhere near the level of free trade that exists in the US. But then, one wouldn’t suppose a ’60’s type radical wannabe to be aware of such things as basic economics, trade agreements, business, etc.

    If one must have a foreigner who has no direct ethnic connection and yet arrogantly presumes to speak for all of Japan, I would suggest for many readers here that author Jared Taylor’s Shadows of the Rising Sun is a far better place to start. Well written, much more objective and without the arrogance that so tends to characterize baby boomer hippydom a la “All you need is love” type of thinking.

  26. @Rehmat

    Uh, probably because Japan, a nation of about 125 million, is ethnically about 97-98% Japanese. See, you have to supply the full context. How large is Japan’s muslim population, especially when 97-98% of the nation is ethnically Japanese?

    • Replies: @Yevardian
    , @Acquitaine
  27. Yevardian says:

    Rehmat is a 1-note troll, just ignore his posts.
    The other 3% is indigenous Ainu or 3rd-generation Koreans, Japanese are not going to allow in cultists of a demon-possessed epileptic pedophile warlord.

    Thanks for inadvertently confirming Japan stereotypes with your comment. We need more East-Asian material on this site.
    Japan is one of the world’s only nations to never be directly ruled by a European power.
    The only others are: Afghanistan, Bhutan, China, Iran, N/S Korea, Nepal, Thailand, Turkey, Saudi Arabia.

    If you exclude indirect rule and those with American military bases; only China, Iran and North Korea are left.

  28. Bill P says:

    I’ve followed you for a long time, Israel Shamir. I’m an American who wants to reverse the trend, and I have ideas, but not much more at this point.

    I just hope I can find the time to work for the spiritual revolution that Americans are grasping for and so sorely need. I really think the time is ripe for a spiritual revolution, because the rot in American Christianity runs so deep that one strong gust will shiver the tree.

    • Agree: Talha
  29. Boris says:

    They “salted the earth” in Germany making sure to wreck their country so their country would never be the same again.

    Germany is a powerhouse in Europe, so why are you complaining? You should beg the JOOS for more salt.

  30. Mark Caplan says: • Website

    Ronald Reagan apologized for the forced relocation of people of Japanese descent away from the declared West Coast military zone during World War II. Reagan signed legislation to pay each survivor \$20,000 in compensation. This was a way for Reagan to stick a shiv into the hated “socialist” Franklin Roosevelt, who of course approved the relocation of the Japanese.

    • Replies: @tbraton
  31. Rehmat says:

    Thank you showing your Bibi-style troll Moshe.

    Afghanistan, Iran, S. Korea, Turkey, and Japan have been ruled by European powers for years. As far Saudi Arabia is concerned – it was given birth by Jewish-controlled British colonial power.

    On March 13, 2011 – Israeli daily YNet reported that while Japanese are mourning the death of 10,000 countrymen – the Israeli Jews fears a shortage in the ingredients of one of their favorite dishes: Sushi.

    “There may be a shortage of sushi components, but we are still studying the situation,” says Dudi Afriat of the Rakuto Kasei company, which imports the Kikkoman soy sauce, as well as seaweeds, wasabi, rice and other necessary ingredients for sushi rolls.

  32. Max Payne says:

    Why did the moderators allow such illiterate retardese to even get posted?

  33. tbraton says:
    @Mark Caplan

    “This was a way for Reagan to stick a shiv into the hated “socialist” Franklin Roosevelt, who of course approved the relocation of the Japanese.”

    I hope you realize that back in the 30’s and 40’s, when FDR was in power, Reagan was a very liberal Democrat and an ardent supporter of FDR. It was only later that he started his transition to a “conservative” Republican who supported Goldwater.

  34. @Yevardian

    you forgot or didn’t know that Ethiopia was never colonized by europe. She defeated italians a decade before japanese beat Russia. Why ethiopia failed to modernize unlike Japan is a subject of some great books and maybe a testament to Japan’s greater character and also because unlike japan Ethiopia is a multi-ethnic country speaking a hundred languages. After ww1 the ethiopians went to Japan to learn their tricks but mussolini put a stop to it sparking world war 2.

    • Replies: @Rehmat
  35. Rehmat says:

    No antisemitism, please!

    Both the US and Israel have played a major role in shaping the pathetic future of Ethiopia like several other African nations.

    “Imperialist powers have always labeled as terrorists the people who fight for their right. Irishmen were terrorists until they signed an agreement. Abbas was a terrorist. Now, he is a friend,” Mohamed Hassan, former Ethiopian diplomat in Washington, Beijing and Brussels.

    “Israel sees Islam as the greatest danger to its dominance over the Middle East, itself built on cruelty, violation and oppression,” – Professor Benjamin Beit-Hallahmi (Haifa University).

    Meles Zenawi, the late prime minister of Ethiopia and chairman of the Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) militant group, was half Eritrean and naturalized Yemeni. He maintained very close relations with both Tel Aviv and Washington. Meles legal adviser, Fasil Nahom is half Eritrean and half Jewish.

    • Replies: @Shamireader
  36. dahoit says:

    And that one stinkin’ note,the Zionist borg,controls our world.

  37. Eagles High came back as Yojimbo/Zatoichi. Same style, same rude aggression. How did he stray here, into my peaceful corner? That is a trouble with having a Jewish name that some monsters perceive it as a red cloth for a bull.

    • Replies: @Talha
  38. Talha says:
    @Israel Shamir

    Dear Mr. Shamir,

    You’re a veteran of the Internet so you know this is par for the course.

    As far as your article – you have placed in my heart a deep desire to see these cherry blossoms for myself. They sound much more exquisite and breathtaking than any of the man-made wonders of the world.

    May God bless you and yours.

  39. Sam J. says:

    Victimology status signaling doesn’t impress me. If the Japanese would have had a bomb they would have bombed us. Japan was actually building their own nuclear bomb which they would have readily used against us. See, “Japan’s Secret War: Japan’s Race Against Time to Build Its Own Atomic Bomb” by Robert K. Wilcox.

    Further confirmation comes from the enormous resources put into the ultra long range submarine that Japan built carrying only three airplanes. They only military use for such a vessel would be if it carried nukes.

  40. Anonymous • Disclaimer says:

    To the “Anonymous” ass-hat who stated, “The Japanese should not ask for an apology, since they have not apologized for their own crimes”: this isn’t just a knee-jerk lie–it’s the hate-ridden embrace of a willfully clueless ignorance. Read the list:

  41. Priss Factor [AKA "Anonymny"] says:

    The Politics of Sympathy.

    Obama is merely playing on Japper heartstrings to use Japan against China.

    In the 80s, when US saw Japan as the main threat, US worked with China and the two nations grew closer. And US emphasized stuff like Nanking massacre and Japan’s bad deeds in WWII that were compared to Nazism.

    But now that China looms big and is allied with Russia, US is making nice with Japan while overlooking what Japan did to China in WWII. Millions of Chinese died. And it was Japan’s invasion that destroyed KMT and paved the way for the communists, who were aided by US policy of having Soviets take over northern China.

    But we don’t see Obama go to Nanking and show solidarity with victims there.
    Suddenly, US has to be nice to Japan. And even though Japan was allied with Nazi Germany, we don’t see Jews bitching about this pro-Japan policy, even though Japan has never been as apologetic about WWII as the Germans have been.

    If Obama is really serious about humanitarianism, he should go to Libya, Syria, and Ukraine and get on his knees and apologize for all the horror he brought forth. But by making a show at Hiroshima, he’s making himself out to be some humanitarian when he hasn’t owned up to all the lives that HE has killed.

    US figures it needs Japan against China, and one way to win over Japanese public is to play the Hiroshima heartstrings.

    But Politics of Sympathy is almost never honest.

    I mean, what are the chances of Obama going to Gaza and hugging victims there of the bombing by Israel, a nation enabled by US? What is the chances of Obama hugging Palestinians in West Bank whose homes have been destroyed by Israeli conqueror-settlers?

    Politics of Sympathy is cynical. It is pretending to care about a nation or people on the basis of political gain.

    If Japan were seen as main economic threat to US, Obama would surely be in Nanking commemorating victims there while snubbing Hiroshima.
    US snubbed Russian and Chinese remembrance of WWII even though Russia and China lost the most lives.

    Japan is a yellow whore dog of the US. Japanese men are dork cucks who allow foreign men to come and fuc* their women all over. It’s a nation of losers.

    Btw, I think the current US-China relations teaches us something valuable:

    Just because a people were victimized and suffered terribly in the past doesn’t mean we should defer to them and feel unconditional sympathy for them forever. China suffered horribly due to imperialism and Japanese invasion. Tens of millions perished. And indeed, it was the imperialism that also paved the way for communist victory.

    But just because Chinese suffered so much in the past doesn’t mean that we should treat today’s Chinese as salt-of-the-earth angels and victims. If Chinese today act bad, nasty, bullying, or aggressive, we should call out on their foul behavior.
    We can acknowledge past Chinese suffering(and feel sympathy for victims of the past), but today’s Chinese must be judged by what they do now.

    Then, the same rule must apply to Jews and Negroes. Sure, Jews who died in Holocaust deserve sympathy. But if today’s Jews act nasty and vicious(like the Jewish oligarchs in the 90s in Russia and the lying Jewish media tycoons in US and EU), we need to call out on their foulness as we do on the Chinese. Just because Chinese suffered horribly in the past doesn’t mean they should get a free pass forever.
    But Jews always get free pass no matter how badly they act. The most aggressive and destructive global power since end of Cold War has been Jewish. Look at Jewish control of Wall Street, Las Vegas, Hollywood, etc. And look at Jewish control of US foreign policy that led to so much devastation and tragedy.

    Same goes for the Negroes. Okay, Negroes done suffered slavery and Jimmy Crow.
    But since the 60s, we’ve been living in the Age of Willie Horton, and Negroes really act the way they do not because of slavery and Jimmy Crow but because evolution made them stronger, more aggressive, and less intelligent.
    So, we can’t give a free pass to Negroes forever.

    As we call out on bad Chinese behavior today, we must call out on bad Jewish and Negro behavior.

    But if we say we must never ever criticize Jews and Negroes cuz of their past misery, then the same rule should apply to the Chinese, not least because Western Imperialism played a role in much of the suffering of the Chinese.

    I mean just think. It’s been said that over centuries, 300,000 blacks were brought to the US.
    But by some accounts, Jappers killed 300,000 Chinese in a few days in Nanking.

    And more Chinese died in WWII than Jews did.
    But somehow, we are supposed to ignore all that and just see China as bad guy since it is allied with Russia.
    But Jews can forever play on our heartstrings even though today’s Jews are so utterly different from powerless Jews in the Nazi camps.

    • Replies: @Che Guava
  42. @Rehmat

    Islam is a false ideology founded by a false prophet. It’s a tragedy for arabs and all their neighbors but now threatens the entire planet. no doubt the americans can put this menace to an end if they really gave it their undivided attention as they had done so to other perils before. Christian Russia will be an ally in the holy effort as evinced by their action against isis. Israel maybe playing a double game; weakening the west while using the muslim terrorists toward her own goals.

    • Agree: Che Guava
  43. Che Guava says:


    There was no Pu stockpile at Fukushima No. 1. The only reactor designed to burn Pu is far to the south of there (far SW from Tokyo), and has been in mothballs since long before the quake and wave. It never was really started up.

    The Pu stockpile is in another place altogether.

    You are correct to worry about the waste pools, the lack of control, lack of knowledge if there have been total meltdowns.

    I worry at times if I am stupid to have been in Fukushima City and Prefecture many times since, but Japan Rail is still promoting it. I will likely be back later in this year, or not.

  44. Che Guava says:
    @Priss Factor

    The artist formerly known as Priss Factory and Dominique Francon Society,

    Your posts always have a nice flow, even though I can’t agree with all of the particulars. You really should concentrate and write an article.


    • Replies: @NoseytheDuke
  45. Che Guava says:
    @Israel Shamir

    Thank you, too.

    Yes, I forgot about gagaku. I mistakenly assumed you were referring to kogaku.

    Is the former really Chinese? In any case, it is thoroughly of here, now.

    Comment regarding theft of artifacts and mss was only about kogaku, where it is true.

    An odd aside, Tezuka Osamu also started out in wartime propaganda, I have only seen it once, but he made a short animated film about an aviator in the late war years. Possibly more, but I think only the one survives. Also some very strange and great post-war avant-garde pieces, again, only seen once.

    Doesn’t fit the standard narrative, where he starts work in the magical house of animators and cartoonists in Tokyo after the war.

    I don’t have much consciousness of Kansai and Kinki, places around there, so I forgot about gagaku. Only have spent less than two months in total, over the lifetime, there.

    Like the area. Last summer, rode an all-stops train around the big peninsula (I think in English, it would not be called ‘peninsula’, one town had a good cheap hotel (tatami), cheap rental bicycles, late night supermarket near the station, beautiful coast nearby, as I saw when departing on the train the next day. I think I will go back there this summer. Not a famous place. I like places like that.

    I suspect that gagaku is really more from the Korean peninsula, but as I say inexpert on the history of gagaku. Then again, there was a tendency to claim that every influence from the Korean peninsula was actually from China by the eigth or ninth centuries.

    Have you ever seen a performance of samul nori?

    Which famous poem? I know the Sakura song, but I am lazy on poetry in recent years.

    • Replies: @Israel Shamir
  46. tsotha says:

    China? China was well and truly carved up by the “Eight Nation Alliance”, seven of which were European (assuming you consider Russia European).

  47. @Che Guava

    Which famous poem? I know the Sakura song, but I am lazy on poetry in recent years.

    “If only we might fall Like cherry blossoms in the spring — So pure and radiant !”

    Quoted by historian Ivan Morris in “The Nobility of Failure,” 1975
    I am afraid I never read it in Japanese.
    I love Kansai – this is real Japan; though I have spent much longer time in Tokyo area.
    Try Kinosaki Onsen – it is very far away and very peaceful.
    I have never heard samulnori – I’ve been last month to North Korea, but there was only modern Soviet-style music.

    • Replies: @Israel Shamir
    , @Che Guava
  48. @Israel Shamir

    The poem is apparently by Onishi, quoted in Kamikaze, Cherry Blossoms, and Nationalisms: The Militarization of … by Emiko Ohnuki-Tierney – but I am not sure.

    • Replies: @Che Guava
  49. Flavius says:

    Tartuffe. Finally, the curtain lifts, and for the moment we can all laugh.

  50. Che Guava says:
    @Israel Shamir

    Thanks for the reply, Mr. Shamir. I do know of that one, I wasn’t thinking of haiku.

    The image crops up in many movies glamourising or romanticising the special attack forces, too.

    I brought up the discussion with my physiotherapist (temporary problem), and at dinner with a friend, neither was aware of which poem you may have meant, nor of the play you named.

    As the physio said ‘only a small minority are interested enough to know such things’.

    Neither he nor my friend knew of the play you named, I will look into it.

    As for the haiku, Onishi killed himself after the surrender, he wasn’t the only one involved in the upper ranks organising the special attack forces to do so.

    Atonement for the young lives.

    Then again, they were militarily very effective, the numbers tell the story. Those who say otherwise are deluded.

    One of my favourite blossom experiences was simply riding the Chuo line back from work, by myself, late afternoon, from Yotuya to Iidbashi, it became a true dreamscape, almost hallucinatory.

    The best movie about it was made just after the war, 1947 or 8, animation, short, but exactly the right length, no cels, hand-drawn, the style at that studio was to animate everything but the eyes, and have people’s eyes in the eyes, I guess they also painted over photos in parts. It really was touchingly great. Truly captured those kinds of moments. I think the title was just Sakura, not perfectly preserved, but breathtaking.

    Post is getting too long, so thx for the onsen recco., regards and God bless you.

  51. Che Guava says:
    @Israel Shamir

    You can hear samul nori and good kogaku and some interesting fusion of European ‘serious’ music (to avoid the incorrect ‘classical’) with Korea at the academy for folk music in Seoul.

    Every time of the three I have been there for concerts, very impressed, but the best time to hear samul nori must be in the countryside, when that is the only thing, I have not experienced that.

    The student shows are the ones to see, it is sure as hell not amateur hour, and the samul nori is as spirited as you can get inside a hall.

  52. Seraphim says:

    @This huge human flesh burnt offering has been the real true holocaust of 1940s, while the Jewish one was introduced in the late 1960s to undermine the real thing

    Your honesty is appreciated. It should be reminded that they have been burnt ALIVE.

  53. Technomad says:

    If the damned fools who ran Japan in the 18th and 19th centuries had not enslaved or killed all Westerners who were shipwrecked on their shores, but had returned them to their people via the trade depot at Deshima, it’s quite possible that Japan would not have ever seen the Black Ships. Of course, Japan and Russia were on a collision course anyway, over the island of Sakhalin (Karafuto) and other northern territories.

  54. @Rehmat

    Shouldn’t you be glad that Japan protects the world’s Muslims from Islamophobia by not letting millions of them move there to be exposed to Japanese people displaying such disgusting, Islamophobic traits as perhaps not being too fond of how Muslims tend to lounge on welfare and are hugely overrepresented in crime? Oy vey!

    I gave your posts the benefit of the doubt here when I first started reading them, maybe 12 to 18 months ago, thinking you might have something interesting to say if you’re ok with reading opposing viewpoints. After reading maybe eleven or twelve of your comments though, I realised you were another Muslim supremacist with nothing interesting to say at all. Whatever is written above the line seems to completely pass you by and you assume that were Jewish influence removed from the world we’d all have converted to Islam by now. I used to be curious as to what you might have to say whereas now I already know exactly the content of your comments.

    • Replies: @Avery
  55. Avery says:
    @Mishima Zaibatsu

    The IslamoFascist anti-Christian bigot lives comfortably and safely in Christian Canada.
    While the parasite lives off of Christian society, he shamelessly praises the alleged virtues of Islam.

    The hypocrite parasite IslamoFascist is too afraid to live in one of the Islamistan “paradises”, because he might get blown up or have his throat cut by one of his Muslim brethren.

  56. Spot on. You have got to wonder why these Islamists who hate the West rush to settle here in droves. You’ve got to wonder why they don’t make a beeline to that bastion of constitutional liberties in Saudi Arabia or Gulf States. There has got to be something wrong with this Jihadist troll. His vitriol does not make it easier on his fellow Muslims in the West upon whom he reflects poorly.

  57. “Obama, and before him Kerry spoke of Hiroshima ‘being bombed’ in passive tense, as if this was done by nature”

    “Having ‘discovered’ the bomb, we have used it” – Harry S. Truman

    It just happened to be lying around, right under our noses, and we stumbled upon it. 🙂

  58. @Yojimbo/Zatoichi

    Even ONE Muslim is TWO too many. Thank goodness Japan has had the sense to resist importing large numbers of them, although there is a substantial Muslim population there, currently around 100K.

    Throughout history, Islam has ultimately destroyed the host culture wherever it went, with the one exception of Spain because they were far-sighted and courageous enough to throw out as many “Moriscos” as possible during the period 1609-1614. Now Spain is spinelessly allowing Muslims to re-enter, a decision they will regret.

    I agree that the US, as you put it, “works as the great unifier and homogeniser of world culture creating one colour instead of the whole polychrome” and that this creed is abominable. Indeed, that is the problem with multiculturalism in the first place – it destroys what it claims to value.

    As destructive as US multiculturalism, war-waging, and foreign meddling has been, especially to itself as you said, the US has only been around for 239 years. Islam is a far greater long-term destructive force with a 1400-year track record of subjugation and death to the tune of 270 million people. The prime directive of Islam is to bring the whole world under Sharia law. How much more homogenous can you get?

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