An old man who had fought there,
Just as it had been,
Lying down on the sea-shore
Told us the whole sad story.
Down below this cliff,
Multitudinous the lives
That people lost here,
Where the ocean is so deep
And the seas are blue and clear.
Note to poem 4 :
The Chifuri settled areas were developed in the highlands at the foot of Nasu Mountain by those who were repatriated from Manchuria in the twenty-first year of Showa(1946) after the end of the war. The name Chifuri comes from that of the Chifuri settlers group in Manchuria.
Note to poem 1 :
In March 2005, when Their Majestie were at the Imperial Stock-Farm in Takanezawa, the Princesses, riding their bicycles far ahead of them, turned round to tell them somehing, but the words were indistinct and only the happy laughing voices reached them. Her Majesty composed this poem on this scene.
Note to poem 2 :
In June 2005, sixty years after the end of the war, Their Majesties went on a memorial trip to the Island of Saipan. This poem was composed by Her Majesty, remembering the women who threw themselves from a precipice at the end of the island in the desperate war situations.
Note to poem 3 :
In November 2005, Princess Nori got married to Mr. Yosiki Kuroda. Her Majesty composed this poem remembering the days when the Princess was still small, and thinking in her heart of the Princess who was going to be married.