- 日本オーラル・ヒストリー研究 (ISSN:18823033)
- vol.9, pp.124-137, 2013-09-11 (Released:2018-12-28)
The ghost is omitted from academic researches of the Battle of Okinawa. However, people have told ghost stories after the war. The purpose of this paper is to explore the possibility that ghosts can be another voice narrating the Battle of Okinawa through relationships between ghosts and people who tell about the battle. Some people can "see" ghosts, in other words, imagine them with reality. Such people live in a middle area that is neither near nor far from death. They have no intense experiences of war, but know about traces of it. On the other hand, ghosts are invisible to those of the younger generation who do not know about war and to the people who faced death during the war. This is because ghosts exist in the border area between the world of life and the world of death. Ghosts of Okinawa not only perform individual acts but also convert private experience into public memory by their fearfulness.