For more than twenty years, I was not able to do a single act of filial devotion. You have kindly supported me for so very long.
From the start I have offered myself to His Majesty the Emperor, and I do not have the slightest hope of returning alive.
Kazuyoshi will go with a smile to the Pure Land of the Buddha and Father.
When the plain wooden box arrives, praised me for having served the country so well.
Please be sure to extend my best regards to the village mayor and everyone else in the village for having caused them to worry.
Please raise Younger Sister and Younger Brother, who have bid farewell to their father, and will do the same to their older brother, to be fine people.
Well then, Mother, I pray that you will spend your old age by taking even greater care of yourself and in very good health.

To: Mother

Kazuyoshi Funasaki Mikoto
Corporal, Japanese Army
Killed in Action on March 30, 1945, in Bein, Bougainville,
Solomon Islands
Born in Fukami-machi, Amakusa-gun, Kumamoto Prefecture
Age: 27