An unknown man walked on a foreign beach the ocean waves washing upon the shore. In his hand he had a bouquet of chrysanthemums. He had left an altar before with chopsticks standing up in the rice bowl he had left. The sun was rising over the ocean. “May you all be reunited with your ancestors and loved ones. May you find peace and tranquility,” he said. He tossed the bouquet into the ocean. He watched the sun rise further. He turned from the ocean toward a small building a calico cat beckoned him with both paws raised.

This I dedicate to the tenacity, and spirit of the Japanese people.

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