I was called "Little One" by my parents and Ko, but my older brother, Hideyo, always teasing, called me "Noisy One" because I often screamed when I was teased and when we
frolicked in the house.
Mother and I were alone and I was practicing my brush-writing before going to my teacher's house for a
perplexed by many conflicting situations or statements
bewildered, and he yelled at her.
having or displaying great dignity or nobility
Through this Mount Fuji paperweight I dreamed of seeing the
majestic mountain and imagined the beauty of my homeland.
be in an agitated emotional state
I had stood there helpless, fists clenched,
seething, and the iron weight smashing Mother's important lenses released my fury.
suffer great pains or distress
My head went dark. Somewhere in the dark space I heard Mother's
anguished cry. "Leave...leave!"
a person skilled in testing for defects of vision
He turned to Mother. "I will call my
optometrist friend and he will prescribe lenses for you. This is absolutely inexcusable of the military," he said angrily.
showing extreme urgency or intensity because of great need
"The government must be
desperate for supplies to make ammunition. Telephone me if a thing like this happens again."
projectiles to be fired from a gun
"The government must be desperate for supplies to make
ammunition. Telephone me if a thing like this happens again."
a dense growth of bushes
Whenever Father came home, he and Hideyo worked, digging a shelter in the
thicket large enough for the whole family to crawl into.
a bag carried by a strap on your back or shoulder
He also told us to pack emergency
rucksacks, with rice, dried fish, a mess kit, some changes of clothing, and a blanket each.
a branch that flows into the main stream
tributary of the Tumen River ran swiftly, bouncing around large rocks and leaving sparkling beads.
relating to or associated with an empire
She sighed deeply. "I've just heard that the army has established another division at the foot of Kyojo Hill." That was only a mile from us. "Also, the
Imperial Navy is docking warships in Rashin." Thirty miles away.
Dancing lessons were something Father had decided Ko and I should take, and I
a nonmilitary citizen
The military base was off-limits to
civilians and I was curious. We were halted at a gate by army police, then waved on.
a loose robe originating in Japan
While I was changing into my
kimono costume I began to hear people entering the auditorium, and I peeked through the heavy curtains.
showing fear and lack of courage
I was told to knock and I knocked
timidly, but it took considerable persuasion from the doctor before a weak voice said, "Come in."
large in number, amount, extent, or degree
I was told to knock and I knocked timidly, but it took
considerable persuasion from the doctor before a weak voice said, "Come in."
mar or spoil the appearance of
He was wearing a hospital gown of white canvaslike material in kimono style and his face was uncovered. It was
disfigured and the scars looked fresh and painful.
the comfort you feel when soothed in times of disappointment
She was good at sewing and taught me how to make simple nightclothes as
consolation gifts for battlefield soldiers.
inspiring a feeling of fear; strange and frightening
Because it was dark inside and out, the night air raids seemed more
deserving of esteem and respect
"At least you can speak to your mother,
Honorable Brother," said Ko.
characterized by directness in manner or speech
"I will not go away until I say my piece," Ko said
"Then say it and get out!"
befitting an eminent person
"You may think joining the student army and dying for the country would be glorious and make you a hero," Ko went on. "And the government would send Mother a
distinguished medal for your courageous death. Do you think Mother would want it? No!"
pathetically lacking in force or effectiveness
"There are only old and
feeble men in the war zone now," said Hideyo. "The healthy ones have been either killed or wounded. Also, I cannot go to school every day peacefully while my classmates are getting killed. I have thought about this for a long time."
spoken with particular stress
"Listen." Ko's tone was even more
emphatic. "Today while I was laboring at the parade ground I saw a bunch of half-recovered soldiers in their hospital gowns. They were being trained to carry food in the war zone under simulated fire and bombing."
reproduced or made to resemble; imitative in character
"Listen." Ko's tone was even more emphatic. "Today while I was laboring at the parade ground I saw a bunch of half-recovered soldiers in their hospital gowns. They were being trained to carry food in the war zone under
simulated fire and bombing."
She shouted, "If you join the army I
disown you as an honorable brother and I will not speak to you as long as I live!"
with intention; in an intentional manner
"Sure, sure! Honorable Brother is very stupid in the eyes of the examiners. Look at this! Your son
deliberately put down the wrong answers. These are questions even our Little One can answer!"
move out of an unsafe location into safety
Then Mother broke the silence. "Father wrote. He asked if our emergency bags were ready. He said, even though it's summer, we should take some winter clothes to the shelter with us...just in case we must