2011年02月24日

Bombing of Darwin Commemoration Ceremony

On 19th February 1942, Japan attacked Darwin and 242 people died here.
To commemorate the souls of the victims, Darwin holds the Commemoration ceremony every year.

I am going to attend the ceremony this year.

I would like to put a wreath for Australian people who were killed, and I also want to offer flowers for the Japanese soldiers who died here.



Japan lost the war, so we don’t celebrate the war, but also we don’t commemorate soldiers, only civilians who died in the war.

We have a shrine in Tokyo, called ‘Yasukuni Shrine’ for the souls of dead soldiers who fought and died for Japan.

However people don’t visit it because if we do so, people might think you are a militarist who wants to celebrate the war and worship dead soldiers.

When our prime minister visited Yasukuni Shrine, we were accused by China and Korea. They insist the Shrine commemorate souls of war criminals, and that visiting shrine hurts their feeling. They think remembering dead soldiers is an indication that Japan is willing to start a war.

So nobody remembers soldiers in Japan.
They are forgotten.

I believe it is natural for any people and any nationality to want to visit a memorial site and wish for the fallen to rest in peace. We just want to acknowledge them.

But we can’t argue with those countries, because Japanese believe that Japan is a bad country, and that all other countries are still angry with us. In the minds of Japanese, everyone hates us because we are a bad country.

That’s what we are taught, and what we believe.


I wish I could tell all Japanese the reaction of the contact person from Darwin City Council. All of them would be so surprised and relieved.

I asked for the permission to attend the ceremony, and she said no problem.
I told her that I am Japanese, and she said no problem.
I asked if I can put wreath for Japanese soldiers, and she said no problem.

I believe this is good for Australia as well, because they can show how they are open and compassionate.

I know Australian people do not forget everything, but I believe they think past is past, learn from experience, and let’s get over it.

I expect Australian’s positive attitude will have a good influence on Japan.

So I believe that attending the ceremony is good for both counries.




I feel sorry for the soldiers especially who are still in the ocean around Darwin.

I talked with a retired Australian soldier and he told me soldiers might have more compassion to other countries soldiers even though they fought each other.


I hope this year, the souls of Australian soldiers and Japanese soldiers have a conversation up in the sky,
‘Hey mate, you got a visitor this year, good on you!’
‘Thank you mate!’


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