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Henro Pilgrimage - Day 25 - May 10

I took today off. I was the only one staying at the inn (a house, really), and the owner wanted to show me her town. She drove me up a hill and we visited the museum of the “Shidenkō”, a fighter plane from World War 2. This particular one had been shot down and crashed into the water nearby the town, and was rediscovered by a diver and lifted out to great fanfare about 50 years ago. The owner and her family watched it happen. Six fighters failed to return during that particular battle, and this was thought to be one of them. Of the six missing pilots, only one was married, and he had a newly born daughter. Reading the testimonies of surviving family members moved me. They weren’t bad people.

Tomorrow I will walk as far as Bekkaku #6.

Post-trip Addendum:

I had a realization about Blame. “Fault” implies both cause and responsibility for fixing. Think of a traffic accident. If you are “at fault”, you are both the primary cause of the issue, and the one to pay for damages. This is the legal definition of Fault. But, between people, I think cause and responsibility must be split. Yes, others may have been the cause of some trauma I experienced in my past, but it remains my responsibility to fix it.

“To blame” means “to apply fault”.

If you assume that cause and responsibility are linked into “fault”, you can get stuck because:

  1. You may be unable to “collect on the debt” because:
    • The person is dead.
    • It’s been a very long time since the incident.
    • It’s impractical to “ligitate” because they live far way, etc.
    • It may not be clear who the causer even is.
  2. Collecting on the debt may not heal the damage anyway.
  3. You are stuck in victim mode and can’t mature.

So, it’s up to you.

Original Japanese:

休足日。近くの「紫電改」資料館に車で連れて行ってもらって、大戦の時に墜落して五十年程前に海から引き揚げられた戦闘機を見た。零式と違いこれは「局地」型と云って陸の方から飛ぶ。この機体はある戦いから帰って来なかった六機の内一つと見られている。六人のパイロットは居て、その内一人が結婚して娘が生まれたばかりの時に彼が死んだ。証言を読んで感動した。

明日は別格六番まで歩く。

#henro #japan #buddhism

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