Fiction Complex Absurdity: Full of liars here and there



On the following day, July 1, 2012, we went to observe places near the Fukushima Daiichi along the shore line from Onahama port going northward to the Fukushima Daiichi. We got off the bus to observe the Hisanohama beach which was 30 km from the Fukushima Daiichi. There was a so-called miracle shrine whose name was Inari-Jinjya. There was a vast devastated space where people used to live but now there was no trace. Only the shrine has remained and a large amount of ground works of houses were extending to the end of the beach. People prayed in the beach and the shrine. I somehow went to the shrine and tried to pray even though I was not a spiritual person. I prayed in front of the shrine without purpose because I just wanted to do like others.

Suddenly, the shrine inspired and talked to me in human words. It said everything collapsed because the government, industries, academics, and the media have lied and deceived. I asked the shrine for sure “Are you including the mass media?” The shrine said “Yes, of course.” My brain conversation was so real. I thought that it was true that the media already went insane since old times.

At the time, I remembered about one year before, 2011. A couple of people and I, members of the Kenzaburo Oe fan club, gathered in a coffee shop in Shinjyuku, Tokyo in the afternoon of late June. Tokyo was dark because the electricity was limited due to the nuclear power plant accident. Every store turned off half of their lights. My mind and, might be, people’s minds seemed gloomy and nobody could expect bright light above us. I asked Mr. Ito, a president of the group, “So what do you think about the accident?” He said “Not much, but everything collapsed.” “Everything means the establishment?” “Yes, they completely lied to us.” I remembered my father’s saying. He often said to me, “Everything collapsed at the end of the World War Ⅱ. The establishment we had was broken down totally. The previous imperial government lied everything.”

Japanese seemed having the same experience over generations. There have been a lot of liars in history. They have been full here and there.