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JFK —– 50 years ago

On this day, 50 years ago, I was up in the Mountain Shelter.

23rd of November is a Japanese National Holiday, equivalent of the

Thanks giving day / Kinro-kansha no Hi (勤労感謝の日) —– and when

ever those holiday could be conjoined to the weekend (with additional

day skip from the school) I came up to the mountain.

On that time in the Shelter, there were 2 more senior keepers.

As I was a youngest (still in the high school) I got up earliest and put a

light to a heating stove and a cooking stove, and while waiting the water

to boil, I was preparing to make a tea.

Then, a senior keeper “Saigo the Devil’s Ear” (地獄耳の西郷さん) came down

from upstairs and told me “Hey, Kennedy was dead”

“What ? what did you say ?” “Kennedy was shot dead” “How do you know ?”

“Other climber’s radio said” (Saigo-san often put a tea-cup over his ear and

listen other’s conversation in distance = hence his nick-name.) then we put

a switch on to our radio. —– yes, the news was true.

(The time, when the news spread to the world = afternoon in Dallas was,

still very early morning in Japan = 4 or 5 o’clock) —– anybody who faced

this news when they got-up, was just shocked and depressed, wordless.

—– It was the moment when I heard the very news.



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  1. elenacaravela said, on November 25, 2013 at 15:23

    A world wide grief. Thanks for the post.

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