Issie at Banzai Cliff, Saipan.

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UploadedMay 21, 2011
TakenJune 20, 2010
MakeNikon Corporation
ModelNIKON D90
Exposure1/320 sec at f/8
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Focal Length135 mm
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I loved the juxtaposition of Issie (grandkid #2) and the quote behind her.

This is a very moving and strangely peaceful place, where more than 20,000 Japanese civilians and soldiers committed suicide, some from Laderan Bandero (now called Suicide Cliff, behind the monument) and some from Puntan Sabaneta (Banzai Cliff, behind the camera). The civilians had been told that the Americans would kill them and their babies, while the soldiers were simply following their code of honour.

The quotation is one that I cherish, as it implies that questioning information is better than acting on mis-information, which could have saved so many lives in this very spot. It is an amazing place to visit, with lots of monuments raised here to family members who perished.

May we all bring up our children to seek the truth for themselves, and not blindly follow what they are told.

In the Saipan Photos photo essay.

16 responses

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (20 May 2011):

    I love this Steve!! It is so important to teach our children to explore and read and learn so they can form their own opinions. Your grand daughter is beautiful!

  • Warren ~Mangione~

    Warren ~Mangione~ gave props (20 May 2011):

    Really nice photo of Issie. What insanity that must have been. Very sad. I hope today's children will be more enlightened and independent in their thinking.

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (21 May 2011):

    This one definitely gets my vote. An adorable photo of Issie, and a very memorable site. I cannot imagine the heartbreak.

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham said (21 May 2011):

    I am back to vote on this great shot!

  • Lynda Jeffers

    Lynda Jeffers gave props (22 May 2011):

    This is so meaningful, a wonderful shot and very thought provoking..voted!!

  • Maura Wolfson-Foster

    Maura Wolfson-Foster   gave props (22 May 2011):

    Amen....and, a fine photo. Voted.

  • Shirley Valencia

    Shirley Valencia   gave props (23 May 2011):

    Steve, th9is is priceless. great entry......

  • Roxana Brivent-Barnes

    Roxana Brivent-Barnes said (24 May 2011):

    Simply beautiful frame, voted!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (24 May 2011):

    Oh YEAH! Rad!

  • Winky Vivas

    Winky Vivas (Deleted) said (26 May 2011):

    A wonderful image and very moving words. This is exceptionally well done. You have my vote...

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (31 May 2011):

    Issie is the very portrayal of the innocence of the children who perished here. This is such a touching capture. Your essay gives it so much depth. voted.

  • Debrah Leonard

    Debrah Leonard (Deleted) gave props (11 Jun 2011):

    Adorable. I love the name, Issie. voted!

  • Jyri Vissak

    Jyri Vissak gave props (12 Jun 2011):

    Very cute! Got my vote.

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (13 Jun 2011):

    Such a sweet and powerful image. Wish I could vote more than once.

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (9 May 2014):

    Oh YEAH! Rad!

  • Patty Gross

    Patty Gross gave props (14 May 2014):

    Very good lesson to be learned from this quote, Steve. I agree with you. What a tragedy, which hopefully many have learned from. Great composition and sweet photo of your granddaughter. I love it!! Voted!

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