No matter what may happen, we will love life and remain human. You cannot destroy our souls.

Mari Oka



The researcher of contemporary Arab literature meets at a hotel with two local youths who serve as a guide for foreign journalists in the Palestinian Autonomous Region under a curfew. They joke and laugh in front of the Israeli soldiers who occupy the hotel. Oka perceives this as the last resistance of the persecuted men and notes their feelings like this. From "The Day When The Subway Runs In Gaza."


"December 10  2019

from “Oriori no Kotoba” by Kiyokazu Washida, The Asahi Shimbun"