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'I Shall Survive On My Own' (1948)

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I think that it was about the beginning of 1948. One night, we went across a hill in the dusk and hid ourselves among reeds on a river bank. We waited there until daybreak in order to search for a reasonable place to build a hut. In the morning, we then thatched a roof with foxtail grasses, made the square framework of an open hearth, and knitted foxtail grasses to make a blind instead of a wall. However, a strange noise woke me up in the middle of the night. In the evening, after the cessation of the shell-fire, we went through a ditch towards the east. Shichi insisted that we should hide ourselves behind the nearby clump of reeds. However, the bamboo shoots on Guam were different from Japan's and were too tough and bitter to eat without boiling. In the evening, we placed some bait inside.

Keywords: bamboo shoots; foxtail grasses; Guam; river bank

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