De Pere, WI

Apr 28 2003

Our friend Tomoko met a guy who fought in World War II in the Philippines. Apparently he killed some Japanese soldier there, and found this flag in the dead guy’s helmet. He took it and kept it in hope of someday returning it to the dead soldier’s family. Now it’s Tomoko’s task to try to find this dude’s family based on the faint writing on the blood-stained flag. Written all over the flag are phrases of encouragement like _hisshou_ (certain victory) and _hyakusen hyakushou_ (one hundred battles, one hundred victories). On the left is a map of exactly where this guy was killed. This stuff just radiates history.