The last messages for March

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.

My Last Message

To My Parents,
Father, Mother, thank you for caring for me for so long.
Until my nineteenth year of age today, I could not perform a single filial duty to you, and I am truly sorry for this.

I can finally set out to the frontline in the south, which I have looked forward to do for so long. From the first, I do not expect to return alive. I am resolved to return my debt of gratitude to His Majesty and the nation with my death. This time I will surely realize a fine act of filial piety.
I will certainly do this for the sake of His Majesty the Emperor.

Well then, Father, Mother, I pray that you be free of worries, enjoy good health and prosper forever.                   (Portion Omitted)

Finally, I pray for the health of the entire family.

Death Poem (My Own Works)

    Though my body is crushed and vanishes,
       my thoughts are solely for His Majesty’s reign.

    I have very much waited for this day,
       My life will now truly bloom with my own airplane.

December 3, 1944
                              Hisaji Nishikawa

Hisaji Nishikawa Mikoto
Corporal, Japanese Army
Killed in Action of March 16, 1945, in the direction of Taipei City, Taiwan
Born in Iriya-cho, Shitaya-ku, Tokyo Metropolis
Age: 20

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