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2016年10月27日木曜日

Taiwan revisited, Jinfen









 Six years ago, in 2010, I had a happy travel with my wife and other group tour members, some 30 Japanese, across Taiwan. I had chosen that "ready-made" commercial group tour because it promised a visit to the southernmost point of the Island, namely Cape Eluanbi.
 I eagerly desired to stand there and look at southern direction. I had known that if the weather permit one can recognize some Philippine Islands from the Cape.
 I have had great estimation for one person for over quater-century, his name is Giryo Yanase. He was born in 1920 and died in 1993. He graduated school of medicine at Kyoto University and was sent to Philippine as an Army doctor.
 He was captured by a Phillipine mountain tribe and doomed to be executed with other Japanese soldiers. But then, he could speak English and had a conversation with one of mountain tribemen. Yanase believed in Buddhism teaching, and he showed tranquil mind although the next morning he was to be cut his head. The tribeman had to carry out the execution, but after a conversation with Yanase, he(tribeman) made up his mind to rescue