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August 19, 2004



As I couldn't go out because of backpain, I read a long Japanese novel "Lorelei in the end of the war". It is a story about a submarine which stalked targets at the end of World War II. Of course it is a fictional story, but it seems real because the fictional parts are well inserted in the historical events such as U-boats, kamikaze submarines, and atomic bombs in Hiroshima & Nagasaki. The description of submarines was especially interesting to me. I found for the first time that submarines do not shudder in the sea, no matter how rough or stormy the sea. And the navigation of submarines is by far harder than that of ships on the sea, because they can see nothing in the deep sea and they can only use sound for their three dimensional navigation. If there was a sailing boat which can submerge into the sea when it is rough, I would be free from seasickness. If you can read Japanese, I recommend that you read this book.

終戦のローレライ 上
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