A PROMISE TO LIVE FOR

A PROMISE TO LIVE FOR/[お母ちゃんとの約束]英語版【8/1release】

Izumi Mochizuki Greubel

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One year after World War II ended, in 1946, two young Japanese children, a sister and her brother, somehow defied the odds and survived a month long dangerous journey from the former Japanese colony of Manchuria in northeast China to their hometown in Japan.

A PROMISE TO LIVE FOR

~The story of how two small children had to trek all alone across Manchuria in 1946~

Originally published in Japanese in 2016, this English version is now available to spread Iku’s inspiring story across the world.

(2016年10月発刊の『お母ちゃんとの約束』英語翻訳。)

One year after World War II ended, in 1946, two young Japanese children, a sister and her brother, somehow defied the odds and survived a month long dangerous journey from the former Japanese colony of Manchuria in northeast China to their hometown in Japan.

Iku was only 10 years old. She and her 6-yr. old brother traveled 340 miles on land, mostly on foot, day and night, with little food, clothing, or money while holding each other’s hands. What kept them going every day? It was the promise that they made to their mother— “Never let go of each other’s hand and safely return to Japan to be reunited with everyone.” They simply wanted to see Mommy again.

This is a true story of war, not of who’s on the right side and who’s on the wrong side, or who was crueler than the other, but how war impacts people everywhere, including innocent children, like Iku and her siblings. Most importantly, this book demonstrates how love, courage and determination can see us through the most difficult times.

70 years after the end of World War II, Iku finally decided to let her daughter, Izumi, tell her story to the whole world, hoping her ordeal will play a small part in contributing to world peace. All the illustrations in this book are done by Iku herself.

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A PROMISE TO LIVE FOR

contents

Introduction ……5
The Journey of Iku and Kiyoshi (map) ……8
2016 New Year Holidays: Shizuoka
Prologue ……10

1942 End of the Year: Shizuoka ~ Tonghua
Pipe Tobacco and Dried Bananas ……14
Welcome Home ……20
New Year Celebration ……26
Let’s Go! ……28
The New Home ……33
Manchuria ……35

1945 Summer: Tonghua
The Day Japan Lost the War ……41
A Large, Large Hole …… 44
The Empty House ……47
A Little Mommy ……50
The Refugees ……54

1946 Winter: Tonghua
The Incident on Chinese New Year ……58
It’s Daddy! ……62
My Brother Shige ……67

1946 September 2: Tonghua
Leaving Tonghua ……69
A Promise to Live For ……73
Mommy’s Tears ……76

1946 September 3 – September 30: Tonghua ~ Huludao Port
The Packed Train ……78
A Long Procession of Japanese ……80
The Horse Carriage with a Roof ……83
Horse-drawn Carriages ……87
A Lost Child …… 91
The Port and the Ocean ……97

1946 September 30 – October 9: On the Ship
Meiyu-maru ……103
A Sake Bottle ……104
Kiyoshi Giving Back…… 108

1946 October 9: Sasebo Port
Japan for the First Time in Three Years …… 110

1946 October 13: Shizuoka
Haenosaki Station ……113
Our Home, Shizuoka ……114
The Three Urns ……116
The White Shiny Onigiri ……120

2016 New Year Holidays: Shizuoka
Epilogue ……126

Words from Iku ……128
Words from the Author ……132
Special Acknowledgement ……140
Poem by Ikue Mochizuki ……142
profiles ………144

Izumi Mochizuki Greubel

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Izumi was born and raised in Shizuoka-city, Japan. After graduating from university in Japan, she attended a graduate school in the United States and received a Master’s degree in secondary education. She taught Japanese at the University of Southern Indiana for ten years until her husband, Tony, was hired by the U.S. Department of State. Since then, they have lived in Washington, D.C., Indonesia, Canada, Pakistan/Japan, China, and Samoa. Izumi and Tony have two sons, Douglas at Virginia Tech (class of 2018) and Christopher at the U.S. Naval Academy (class of 2021).

Ikue “Iku” Mochizuki

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Ikue was born in Shizuoka-city, Japan, in 1936. She moved to Manchuria when she was six years old with her family due to her father’s job as a civil engineer. She was nine years old when World War II ended in 1945. She and her little brother came back to Japan from Manchuria in 1946 by themselves after a one-month long dangerous journey. She married her husband, Takao, and they raised three children, Izumi being the first child. They also have five grandchildren; one of the five, Douglas, translated the original Japanese edition of this book into English. Ikue is living in Shizuoka-city, Japan with her husband enjoying their retirement.

A PROMISE TO LIVE FOR

~ The story of how two small children had to trek
all alone across Manchuria in 1946 ~
Izumi Mochizuki Greubel

Illustrated by Ikue “Iku” Mochizuki

English translation by Douglas Mochizuki Greubel

First edition 1st printing August 1, 2018

Author Izumi Mochizuki Greubel

Design Tsutomi Miyata

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ISBN 978-4-295-40229-9 C8095

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大きさ 13.2 x 18.8 x 1 cm