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January 25, 2023   •   By Alex Genty-Waksberg
Death on Gokumon Island
Seishi Yokomizo
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What had he been doing since then? Well — nothing. Just like every other young man in Japan, he was drafted by the army and forced to join the war. The best years of his life became a kind of void.
It was common for cliffs to rise straight up from the very shorelines, and Gokumon Island was one of the most extreme examples. […] [T]he overall effect was of an island springing from the ocean, its cliffs rising hundreds of feet into the air all around. […] White plaster-walled houses, glowing in the evening sun, were dotted on the hill slopes under a glowering grey sky that seemed ready to attack at any moment.
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Alex Genty-Waksberg
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