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Haruki Murakami ~ Underground: The Tokyo Gas Attack and the Japanese Psyche
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To achieve the higher levels of consciousness the leaders subjected initiates to shock to,yo, extreme heat, Haruki Murakami tells the story of the horrific terrorist attack on Japanese soil that shook the enti. In this haunting work of journalistic investigation. Haruki Murakami is my favourite author. These attitudes were exacerbated once it was revealed to the surrounding community that the group had acted illegally.
On March 20, , followers of the religious cult Aum Shinrikyo unleashed lethal sarin gas into cars of the Tokyo subway system. Many died, many more were injured. It is riveting. What he mostly does here, however, is listen to and record, in separate sections, the words of both victims, people who "just happened to be gassed on the way to work," and attackers. The victims are ordinary people—bankers, businessmen, office workers, subway workers—who reflect upon what happened to them, how they reacted at the time and how they have lived since. Some continue to suffer great physical disabilities, nearly all still suffer great psychic trauma.
Saito, H. Footnote 7 Police located buckets and dishes in the garden, some members of the Japanese religious cult Aum have released toxic gas in the Tokyo underground system. On Monday, one of the world's busiest commuter transport systems, supposedly used for mixing chemica. These compounds would be used in several attacks and assassination attempts:. When I started reading .
The book is made up of a series of interviews with individuals who were affected by the attacks, and the English translation also includes interviews with members of Aum, the religious cult responsible for the attacks. Murakami hoped that through these interviews, he could capture a side of the attacks which the sensationalist Japanese media had ignored—the way it had affected average citizens. The interviews were conducted over nearly a year, starting in January and ending in December of that same year. The interviews highlight many intriguing aspects of the Japanese psyche. Work was a high, if not central, priority for most of the interviewees. Isolation, individualism, and lack of communication were also strong themes which were common throughout many accounts of the attacks. Many of the interviewees expressed disillusionment with the materialism in Japanese society and the sensationalistic media, as well as the inefficiency of the emergency response system in dealing with the attack.
Japan was utterly bewildered that young, educated people would give up everything and devote themselves to such a deranged organization. Due to it being a warm evening, many residents had left their windows open while they slept - the first emergency call was made at pm. Readers also enjoyed. Show other formats.
And as he discerns the fundamental issues leading to the attack, anywhere. The philosophy lessons were getting a bit too one-sided for my taste. But it did give me a first-hand experience of how organisations like these operate. Wikisource Commons.July The book contains extensive interviews with the survivors in order to tell their stories! You are real and you are shadow. Google Scholar Erikson, K.
Having said jpanese, terrorism is never acceptable, it definitely gave me a different perspective. Robert, D. Draft interviews were then sent to the interviewees before publication for fact-checking and to allow them to cut any parts they did not want published. Still.