The last messages for November

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.

When Setting Out

When setting out, I leave behind this writing. Upon receiving the Imperial command to go to the front, I believe that it is truly the long-cherished desire of a soldier and an honor for a man.

I believe that you should not be surprised, since you were fully resolved for this event from the day that we were married….

After I have died, I can fully understand your troubles while you look after Mother and our child. While this might be excessive solicitude, I ask that in addition to the full awareness of being a family that the respect of the people collects as a bereaved family, you will not become accustom to the consolation, but demonstrate the virtue of humility and return the debt of gratitude to the people….

Finally, while I have said many things, when I now set out, I fully trust you, and that is why I have no regrets. I am deeply grateful that I can go to the front with peace of mind.

Please be mindful of your health, and I also sincerely ask that you look after Shigeo’s education.

Written on the night of November 22.  

Kiyoshi Matsumoto Mikoto         
Major, Japanese Army
Killed in Action on November 15, 1944, in Leyte Island, Philippines
Born in Edobashi, Nihonbashi-ku, Tokyo Metropolis
Age: 32

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