By Toshiyuki Kajiyama, Yoshiko Kurata Dykstra
Even if little recognized within the West, Kajiyama Toshiyuki used to be one among Japan's such a lot prolific and renowned writers. Celebrated for his crisp, fast moving kind and incisive research, Kajiyama's reputation should be attributed to his finely tuned experience of what many eastern felt yet couldn't articulate: the sensation of irreplaceable loss that lay underneath post-World conflict II Japan's hugely winning fiscal restoration. The son of a civil engineer, Kajiyama was once born in Seoul in 1930 and remained there until eventually his relatives used to be repatriated to Japan on the finish of the battle. The extended family documents: 5 tales of Korea not just deals a sampling of Kajiyama's paintings in English for the 1st time but additionally represents the 1st English translations from the japanese that care for Korea less than Japan's harsh army rule, which lasted from 1910 to 1945. Kajiyama meant those stories to be one of many parts of his "life-work," a trilogy that remained unfinished on the time of his loss of life in 1975. Kajiyama had defined a journey de strength that was once to have all for 3 interlocking landscapes - Korea, where of his beginning and adolescence; Hawai'i, his mother's birthplace and the environment for the japanese immigration adventure; and Hiroshima, his father's birthplace and the positioning of the atomic bombing. The extended family files contains 5 of Kajiyama's Korea stories, between them the identify tale "Richo zan'ei," winner of the distinguished Naoki Prize and the foundation of a hugely acclaimed motion picture made in Korea in 1967. Laced with neighborhood expression and exact descriptions of Korean tradition, Kajiyama's narratives infuse his Korean protagonists with dignity and braveness. They depict delicate matters in an strangely refined and emphatic demeanour with no being too patronizing. In those tales, too, Kajiyama refrained from the temptation to melt the usually brutal outcomes of the inhumanity of the japanese career.
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Yes, to the military police, where the one who called himself Hirokawa Hitoshi is being interrogated. They want one of us to be present at the interrogation. Go and tell them very politely that since your chief is in conference with the governor, you have come in his place. Be sure to apologize. ” CLAN1 Page 26 Wednesday, October 3, 2001 4:34 PM 26 The Clan Records “Of course. ” “They’re irate. ” I was imagining the interrogation by the military police. I recalled the insane brutality suffered at their hands by my Domino Bar friend.
Again I felt dizzy. I gripped his desk to steady myself, and insisted, “Chief, it can’t be possible. ” “What? ” He started half out of his chair. “Are you sure? What was the cause? ” Seeing his confusion, I thought that I understood everything. The chief clerk came over and asked in a low voice, “Sôl Chin-yông? ” “Yes,” I said firmly. ” But instinctively I knew. “These men have killed him. ” The accusation was written on my face. The chief sneered and stared back. Again he leaned back in his chair, looked at the ceiling, and said arrogantly, “So, the traitor is dead.
I had prolonged his life with injections, but shouldn’t I have insisted on a radical operation? Yet all through the summer I received fine melons and pears, with no hint that things were not going well. And so my foreboding came to pass with unexpected suddenness. On October 2, 1941, a telegram arrived. “Father died. Funeral will be on the sixth. ” As I took the telegram from my brother-in-law and read it, my hands trembled. ” Ignoring him, I opened the curtain of my window. It was raining. Summer had ended; the city of Seoul was at rest.