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This is a regular column of Dr. Hinohara in the weekend extra of The Asahi Shimbun.  I like him in the illustration below.  English translation from the original Japanese text.



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100 Years Old, My Testimony

Let It Be

by Shigeaki Hinohara, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, St. Luke’s International Hospital


When I stayed in Liverpool, I explored the birthplace of the worldwide rock band “The Beatles”.


I enjoyed the exhibitions while listening to their good old music.  To me, it was a very impressive news that a member John Lennon married an avant-garde artist Yoko Ono.  For, during the Pacific War, I made a house call to examine Yoko’s mother while she was staying in her second home in Karuizawa, Nagano prefecture, Japan.


After the group’s break-up, John was shot to death in front of his house in New York by a man waiting for him in 1980.  Another member Paul McCartney has pursued a musical career, and he gave a performance with his powerful voice in front of eighty thousands audience in the opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.   In the closing ceremony, we saw a scene honoring memory of John.

ビートルズの名曲「レット・イット・ビー(Let It Be)」の歌詞には、私が長らく抱いてきた信条と、共通の精神が読み取れます。日本語にするなら、こうです。

One of the Beatles’ masterpieces, Let It Be, has the lyrics in which I can interpret the shared spirit with my belief that I have embraced for long time.  Here is a Japanese translation:
“When I get in trouble, my mom Mary (Virgin Mary) appears and gives me this wise words, “Accept it as it is.”  When I get depressed, she stands in front of me and gives me this wise words, “Accept it as it is”.   There are broken people around the world, living with the similar feelings.  This may be the answer to them.  ‘Accept it as it is.'”  This is exactly what it is.


On this 4th of October, I become 101 years old.  On 3rd, a day before my birthday, a commemoration concert evening will be held with the Chamber Orchestra of Balkan conducted by Toshio Yanagisawa, performing Dmitri Shostakovich’s string quartet “To the Victims of Fascism and War”, praying for peace.  If you would like to join the prayer, contact the office at 03-5550-7168 for the details.


Given the push by the Paul’s singing voice, I renewed my resolve to pursue my appeal for peace while concerning about the future of those nations that don’t stop the conflicts.  I was surprised, at the same time, I felt great honor that the artist Akira Odagiri drew myself at the head of the Beatles in this illustration.

Image: The Asahi Shimbun



Rest in peace.