The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

Aftermath: Japan #9

Original Caption:

The Edge is Off

Tokyo -- Soldiers in Japan's new defense army participates in bayonet exercises, sans bayonets, at Nerima Infantry Camp on the outskirts of Tokyo. The Japanese GIs are dressed in U.S. Army style fatigues and are equipped with American made M-1 rifles. While there trainers look war like enough, they apparently lack a fighting spirit in peacetime. Says the infantry camp commander: "We have taken the outside of the U.S. Army, but we don't have the inside morale." (1955)

1 comment :

Mike said...

Yeah. I recall, a year or two after, when an American soldier was charged with murder when he killed a Japanese woman trying to scavanege shell casings from a US firing range. Oh yeah, they lack the spirit!