The last messages for July

We hope that many worshipers will come to know the elevated thoughts of th e noble souls who gave up their lives for the country that they loved. The last messages that they composed are displayed on the Jinja display. We present here the last messages displayed for this month.

Final Words

Human life is a mere twenty years.

I cannot hold back my tears from the violent flow of time.

Oh, and yet, I am a Japanese!

I do my service for country, my home and society.

The time of my life when I offer up my precious person.

Before my eyes I see the happy figures of the children,
the descendants of my Land of the Rising Sun, living joyfully and in high spirits.

Oh, I pass away, and as one precious sacrifice, I live the eternal noble cause.

Heikichi Ogawa Mikoto              
Lance Corporal, Japanese Army
Killed in Action on November 21, 1943, in Anhwei Province, Republic of China
Born in Koume, Honjo-ku, Tokyo
Age: 22

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