MAKING PEACE WITH JAPAN
A Sea Story by Malcolm Torres
In 1945 the US Army Air Force dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan. These controversial moves forced Japan to surrender and brought about the end of World War II.
In 1983, almost 40-years after the atomic bombs went off, I visited Sasebo, Japan aboard the nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Enterprise. Protesters blocked the harbor and marched in the streets as we came ashore. That was the first and only time in my life I felt as though I was living through history.
Years later in college, I took a creative writing course and for one of the assignments I wrote a story that I originally called Forty Years from HypoCenter. It was an attempt to tell about a couple shipmates and I as we made our way around Sasebo encountering friendly locals and hostile protesters. The story spent many years decaying on 3.5 inch floppy discs, CD ROMs and eventually a USB thumb drive.
Over the years, I continued to write novels, short stories and journalistic articles, all the while I kept thinking bout that draft story, the one about visiting Japan in 1983. I remembered the crisp colorful Yen, and the songs that were popular in the US were also popular in Japan. I remembered shiny parachute pants with zippers all over them. I remembered dancing with a pretty Japanese girl at a bar called Snoopy Fun Club.
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This funny story follows three young sailors off the USS Enterprise as they come ashore in Sasebo, Japan and are greeted by thousands of anti-nuclear protesters. After weeks at sea, the sailors only want an exotic meal and a cold beer, but this port visit turns into a reckoning with history after they meet some friendly local girls and find themselves Making Peace with Japan. This is one of the short stories in The Sea Adventure Collection, by Malcolm Torres. These stories are often free on Amazon, and they can be read in any order..
Making Peace With Japan is available as an eBook on Amazon.
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