The last messages for May

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.

Last Words

    Although I die for the sake of the Japanese Empire,
    it is my long-cherished
    desire as a soldier

    I go to become the young sakura
    in front of Yasukuni shrine.

    Although I serve my country for seven lives,
    and die by the enemy,
    I will be born again and defeat him.

Even for my last words, there is nothing more for me to say, I only ask that you will forgive me for not having done any particular deed of filial piety for my parents, and my disobedience for preceding you in death.

    I will hear my mother’s love in heaven.

                    January 14, 1945
                    Private First-Class, Japanese Army
                    Ryoichi Miyai

Ryoichi Miyai Mikoto                
Corporal, Japanese Army
Killed in Action on September 24, 1945, in Neian District,
Botanko Province, China
Born in Habutaki-cho, Kishiwada-shi, Osaka Prefecture
Age: 24

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