Background

Satoko Kitahara grew up with ancient Japanese religious and cultural traditions. She could trace her ancestry back one thousand years to Bushido Warrior and Shinto Priesthood. The nation respected its ancestral past, especially that of its historic warriors who had stood firmly against corruption and injustice.

Like most Japanese at outbreak of WWII, Satoko believed that her Nation’s military forces were honourable and acted with integrity, and understandably she wanted to fight for her country.

New challenge

In the immediate aftermath of the War, the Japanese people learnt the extent of their nation's War crimes. The ideals of their cultured society had been betrayed and many thought life was pointless.

Japanese people understand that many illnesses come from one's inner disposition, and whilst Satoko's brother
succumbed to this idea of hopelessness and lost the will to live, she was not about to let herself fall into that condition.
So the young Kitahara san went
looking for a greater meaning in
life. Whilst many of her friends
believed in the writings of
Osamu Dazai, Satoko rejected
such pessimism and went in
search of other values.

Will to Live

During the War she was employed in the Nakajima Aeroplane factory. In that unhealthy atmosphere where many had contracted tuberculosis, Satoko also became ill, but after recovery underwent University studies as a Pharmacist.