Friday, April 22, 2011

Japanese high school students at Pearl Harbor and returning safe boxes

A fellow Texan and YouTuber relates a story about his visit to the USS Arizona, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, USA. The battleship USS Arizona sunk during the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, with the loss of 1,177 lives. The battleship remains at the bottom with the 1,177 entomb and a memorial above. Access to the memorial is by boat.

The Texan while on board the boat heading towards the memorial noticed a group high school students from Japan. Also aboard was a piece of trash rather disheveled with a dirty t-shirt and was heard remarking in reference to the students, “They do not belong here.”

When they arrived at the memorial the Japanese students facing a part of the USS Arizona protruding above the water, the students bowed in reverence towards the fallen Americans beneath the water. The disheveled slob: he faced the same object emitted saliva in the form of a launched spit ball in the waters above the USS Arizona.

Such a contrast in cultures. The Japanese students reminiscent of current culture in Japan, and an America from the 1950’s and before: honor and respect. However from the 1960’s forward the continued degradation of society largely attributed to the entertainment industry and pervert thespians in Hollywood.

The earthquake on March 11, 2011 hits northern Japan, collapsing many homes. Then roaring in off the ocean a tsunami compounding the devastation washing many homes out to sea. In many of these homes were stored strong boxes, or cash boxes. Weeks afterwards many these boxes were washed up on the shore. The Japanese gathering up these cash boxes turning them into police stations. Resulting in police stations in the area being deluged with many such boxes.

Where else on this planet would mountains of found unopened cash boxes be turned into authorities? This one act speaks volumes of a people and of a culture. We can only hope such an example would be replicated in similar circumstances elsewhere on our shared planet.

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1 comment:

Eric said...

Tony, I would like to thank you for taking the time out of your day to report to us the news that you do.
Eric Lasko
Knepie on Youtube