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The Living God

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Showa Emperor publicly declared that he was a human being and renounced his divinity. The emperor travelled throughout the country in order to meet and talk with the people personally. One day the emperor came to the author's province. The emperor was a living god to the author's grandfather. Every morning he turned his face in the direction of the Imperial Palace, clapped his hands and bowed deeply. He obtained some new straw and carefully made a straw mat. He had his hair cut at the barber's. He chose a piece of ground near the railway as a place of worship. He bowed so deeply to the emperor that his forehead almost touched the mat. He could not easily accept that the Emperor was just a human being and that the idea of his divinity was not true, despite the fact that this country was defeated in the war.

Keywords: human being; imperial palace; Living God; Showa Emperor



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