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In the Far Away Mountains and Rivers

Translated by Joseph L. Quinn, SJ, and Midori Yamanouchi
The impact of Harukanaru Sanga ni upon its publication in 1947 was immediate and dramatic- -the impetus, many have argued, for a post-war peace movement in Japan that has lasted over half a century. Now the text is available for the first time in English as In the Far Away Mountains and Rivers, a heart-wrenching and thought-provoking collection of letters, journal entries, and essays written by University of Tokyo students as they were drafted to fight in World War II. Many of these students faced certain death as pilots in the kamikaze squads. Many of them deplored the war, and many were simply motivated by a sense of duty to their families and their country. They turned to poetry, philosophy, and religion—all in an attempt to make sense of the universal tragedy of war.

188 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2005

Anthropology: Cultural and Social Anthropology

Asian Studies: East Asia

History: Asian History, Military History

Philosophy: General Philosophy


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Table of Contents

Preface — Joseph L. Quinn, S.J.
Acknowledgments
Dedication to the Students Killed in the War — Shigeru Nanbara
Foreword to the Japanese Edition — Yutaka Tatsuno
Translator’s Notes
Writings of the Students Killed in the War
Postscript — The Humanity That Was Never Lost
Alphabetical List of Authors

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