Closeup: Obon Society

This documentary series takes an in-depth look at an organization dedicated to helping families heal from World War II.

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More than 70 years have passed since the end of World War II. Yet, for some, the pain lingers. Meet an organization that focuses on healing those wounds.
Notes: This episode contains excellent vocabulary words related to war, as well as one or two grammatically challenging sentences, but our friendly notes will help you make sense of everything.
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Standard Unread 3.7(89 votes)
An unexpected delivery forever changes the lives of the founders of Obon Society.
Notes: This episode contains important vocabulary words, such as a respectful way for referring to a person passing away and the items and remains of a deceased person, as well as interesting expressions, such as "not a single one" and "to say nothing of."
Editions Status Difficulty
Standard Unread 3.3(42 votes)
Different ideas of the meaning of a flag might have played into the appeal of yosegaki no hinomaru as war trophies.
Notes: This episode showcases lots of advanced vocabulary, such as "medal of honor," "departure for war," and "meritorious achievement," as well as several extended annotations.
Editions Status Difficulty
Standard Unread 3.3(29 votes)
Obon Society is formally born. Is it up to the immense task set before it?
Notes: This episode contains interesting vocabulary and expressions, such as one that is used to name a typical or noteworthy example among many items under consideration.
Editions Status Difficulty
Standard Unread 3.0(21 votes)
A son worries over what to do with a flag his father brought back from war.
Notes: This episode contains several extended sentence breakdowns, including one that explains the affective passive, also sometimes called the "suffering passive."
Editions Status Difficulty
Standard Unread 3.1(17 votes)
With the help of Obon Society, Terry is able to personally deliver the flag to the family of the original owner.
Notes: This episode contains excellent vocabulary and expressions, such as ones that mean "to be proud of (someone or something)," and "to be choked up."
Editions Status Difficulty
Standard Unread 3.4(14 votes)
More than seven decades after finding a flag on a fallen Japanese soldier, an American soldier makes good on his promise to return it to its home.
Notes: This episode contains interesting notes, such as one regarding expressions relating to an entreaty "getting through," and another that explains a dangling kara at the end of a promise.
Editions Status Difficulty
Standard Unread 2.9(16 votes)
With time comes the realization that the bereaved families are not the only ones who benefit from the return of the flags.
Notes: This powerful episode contains vocabulary such as words that mean "to release" and "to heal," as well as clarifying discussions of several key words and passages.
Editions Status Difficulty
Standard Unread 3.3(14 votes)
Obon Society works to save flags from both the ravages of time as well as their popularity among military collectors.
Notes: This episode contains notes on an expression that means "as many people as possible," a term that refers to the old Japanese military, and the meaning of the appearance of omoimasu in the narration.
Editions Status Difficulty
Standard Unread 3.2(11 votes)