Japan, Okinawa, Pentax 645D, Photography
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Recovering the war dead on Okinawa

FCCJ Number 1 Shimbun April 2012

FCCJ Number 1 Shimbun April 2012

A month ago I worked with writer Julian Ryall on a piece about how the remains of the war dead found on Okinawa are identified and hopefully returned to their family graves. Photographing the skeleton of a dead Japanese soldier, and shards of bones in various trays was somber, but at that moment you are working and concentrating on getting images. Only later, when you’ve packed your gear away and returned to everyday life do you ponder the deeper meanings of what you’ve witnessed.

On the cover of the Number 1 Shimbun is an image I shot of Gushiken-san a volunteer that has devoted his life to returning the remains  of the fallen to their loved ones. Inside are a couple more images and the feature by Julian Ryall.

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  1. mike says

    WHEN I WAS STATIONED THERE. I VOLUNTEERED WITH OTHERS TO RECOVER THE REMAINS. AT THE END OF THE DAY, THE REMAINS WERE HANDED OVER TO THE SHINTO PRIEST, WHO THEN PERFORMED A CEREMONY. THE REMAINS WERE THEN TURNED IN TO THE MINISTRY OF DEFENSE.

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