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A Japanese Tourist pays her respects at Banzai Cliff
Saipan, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands

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Image taken with a Panon WIdelux F7 .—Camera hand-held with custom hand-gripand cable release.—Shot on Kodak Ektar100 film stock. The film was commercially developed in a lab in Garapan (Saipan) and later scanned with an Epson Perfection V700, using Silverfast Negafix software.

© Dirk HR Spennemann 2011, All Rights Reserved

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  • Dirk Spennemann

    Dirk Spennemann said (23 Aug 2011):

    In the final days of the Battle for Saipan (15 June – 9 July 1944) U.S. forces had pushed the Japanese defenders, and civilians, into the northern sector of the island. Rather than being captured by US forces, a large number of civilians, mainly women and children, committed suicide by jumping off Suicide Cliff and Banzai Cliff. Propaganda (and pressure) by the Japanese military had created among the civilian population a sense that suicide was the honourable and desirable solution compared to surrender (which was associated with of torture and rape). Figures on the extent of the mass suicide differ, ranging fro several hundred to almost 20,000.
         A large number of monuments to the dead have been erected, ranging from official monuments to those erected by bereaved family associations. Today, most Japanese tourists passing by will stop and pay their respects to those who died here.

  • Roberto Larrazolo

    Roberto Larrazolo gave props (30 Oct 2011):

    Cool take! voted.

  • Adriana Carezzoli

    Adriana Carezzoli gave props (17 Dec 2011):

    my vote!

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