As I Leave for the Front

It is a heavy and great responsibility to look after our younger brother and sister and also work for Father and Mother in my place.
Responsibility trains a person. It is a Heaven-sent test. You must not be daunted. You must never fail.
I want to frankly tell you that I usually spoke roughly to you not because I wanted to scold you but from my sole prayer that you be strong and happy. A woman of Japan must not be emotional. My lack of effort has caused you only suffering and embarrassment. I am very sorry. Nevertheless, it is my lifelong regret to think that you are still giving in to your hardships and feeling demoralized. My sister ought to be more resilient.
From now your hardships are sure to increase, but my prayers for your strength will also become twofold. I earnestly pray that your hopes are realized.
Take care of your personal appearances, be womanly and also strong. These are difficult but you must cultivate yourself. This is my message to you. Older Brother.


Eizo Kameda Mikoto
Sergeant, Japanese Army
Killed in Action on February 16, 1945 in Luzon Island, Philippines
Born in Niizaka-machi, Akasaka-ku, Tokyo Metropolis
Age: 29

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