Friday, October 30, 2009

Pacific War and Japanese - 5

The sister and the brother keep looking for the people who know their grandfather, Kyuzo Miyabe.  They needed to visit to a gangster boss, meet successful but snobby business person, retired bankers, etc... 
Gradually, they started to envision what kind of Zero Fighter Pilot their grandfather was.

The more I read, I started to feel that I was watching TV drama series, such as "Twin Peaks", or "X Files".  Each meeting with Kyuzo Miyabe's friend complete one story and one or two facts about Kyuzo Miyabe become clear.  I turned to Author's personal history and found that he was TV program scenario writer before he started to write stories.  Since I was so familiar with TV drama series, it was quite easy to read that way.

Miyabe's Fighting Places in the story (from the book)

Kyuzo Miyabe was a excellent fighter pilot, they found.  His skill would be in top 5 of fighter pilots of that time.  But, he was very cautious and careful so that he would never be killed in his fight.  He had reasons for his cautiousness.  He married before he was sent to Navy, and it was in his Navy's camp that he learned his wife gave birth to his daughter.  He trained himself to be good pilot not to fight well, but not to be killed in the war so that he could survive and go back to his wife to see his daughter.

His way of fighting was cautious enough so that others could call him coward.  But, he did not care.  Still, he was not just cautious in the way he was selfish and he did not mind sacrificing his colleagues.  There were some of his people who were saved by Miyabe's brave action and skill of maneuvering the fighter as he wished.  The grand son and daughter found their grandfather's friends either hated him or loved him.

It is simple and clear to figure the people who loved him.  Either they loved Miyabe's skill or they were saved by him in fighting.  But, more important is the people who were puzzled by him and hated him in my opinion.  They might have been sharing same feeling as Miyabe's for survival, but could not say it out loud as Miyabe was doing.  They envied Miyabe and being jealous.  They wanted to survive.  They wanted to go back to their family.  But they could not say or act as Miyabe did.  They were confused and irritated, and hated him.

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Marketing Unscrambled, learn to earn 14 said...

Hello Shaw,

He learned on his own the skill of being a good pilot. Because they did not teach them that at that time, is that right?

His skill worked well for him. He saved some people. He also let others save him at times.

Interesting person.

Dan and Deanna "Marketing Unscrambled"

Shaw said...

Hi Dan and Deanna,

Yes, he is very interesting person. And this person is speaking for pilots and soldiers who were killed in the war. Please keep coming back.

Thank you for your comment.
Shaw Funami
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Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Shaw .. interesting that he was sensibly protecting himself and looking after others who were also protected - especially so he could see his wife and daughter and have a life with them - a life is irreplaceable.

Thanks -Hilary Melton-Butcher
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Shaw said...

Hi Hilary,

This is a story, fiction. So, there was no Kyuzo Miyabe in the Zero Fighter squadron. But I feel he is trying to represent what many real Zero Fighter pilots and soldiers wanted to do and say.

Thank you for your comment.
Shaw Funami
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