|"I've been waiting for a long time"|
Do you remember this story? I can recollect it, but it was one that I had certainly forgotten about. Isn't it stunning to think that Yokoi avoided detection for such a long time? He later recalled he knew the War was over since 1952, but was afraid to come out of hiding. It's even more bizarre when you dig deeper into the story that he was not alone. Initially ten soldiers hid out with the Sergeant until years later when eight finally gave up. Shoichi and his two remaining buddies continued to live together until they decided to go off on their own. In 1962, Yokoi found them both dead, having died from starvation. Yokoi lived in a man-made cave and wore clothes that he made from local fibers (hibiscus bark) that he wove himself. He hunted at night to avoid any detection. "The only thing that gave me the strength and the will to survive was my faith in myself and that as a soldier of Japan, it was not a disgrace to continue on living", Yokoi said. On returning to his homeland, he eventually received $300 in back pay and a small pension from the Japanese Government.
|Yokoi's Place of Refuge|
I'll leave you with a couple of questions today. How much of your life have you spent running and hiding, afraid to face reality? Wasn't that really what Yokoi did? And where can you find solace, that once found, you can live the remainder of your life to the fullest? I'll give you a hint on this last one....it begins with the letter "J" and is five letters long. History tells me so. The first question you'll have to answer on your own.