KENJI / internment / hiroshima

May 6, 2008

my friend frank (we’ve worked together on most of the art for LP packaging, etc.) sent me a link to this video above. his aunt is a teacher, and a student of hers did it. i think it’s great.

i know there are a few fan videos out there for the song “kenji,” and many other FM / LP songs. i just wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone who makes fan videos to our songs. they’re great!

on that note, someone also sent me a link to new photos of the aftermath of the hiroshima atom bomb. they are new photos, found in a cave. the photographer is unknown. please be warned, these are extremely graphic.

mike

click here for hiroshima photos

mike

108 Comments

  1. johnmartinez7108 on December 23, 2010 at 9:44 am

    sorry to post it twice but I think it goes well here…I wanna thank you Mike for telling me a story that was never fully told to me before

  2. José-Frédérique on May 10, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    I wanna thank you for your song, because I had to produce an extended essay (a 4000 words work in whatever subject I want) for my IB program and I wanted to do it in history and to talk about something related to WWII, but I wanted a challenge, something that history books do not talk very much about.
    And then I heard your song! It inspired me to do my extended essay about the internment camps during WWII. So,thank you very much Mike because if you wouldn’t have written it, I wouldn’t probably have done my extended essay about that subject !

    P.S. sorry if there is a lot of errors in my commentary, english is not my first language, but I’ve done my possible…

  3. fer on December 6, 2008 at 8:40 am

    Like a lot of people, listening Kenji brings me a lot of emotion. For me the song is about what people suffer from the war.
    There’s a great movie “Grave of the Fireflies” made by Ghibli Stuios in 1988, about two siblings living in Japan during the WWII. It’s a really good movie, and just like Kenji brought me to tears.

  4. Pancakey on May 11, 2008 at 3:57 pm

    No kidding…those comments were brutal. It’s sad to see how apathetic some americans can be. So ignorant sometimes…the government isn’t that great…but whatever. Damn…that was horrible….

  5. kr1sty on May 10, 2008 at 10:58 pm

    This song is by far my fave on RT. The pics were horrible – but the comments were even worse. What those people don’t realise, is that their bickering back & forth is a direct parallel to what starts a war in the first place – 2 (or more) parties that can’t agree on who’s right & who’s wrong. I don’t doubt that the bombing contributed to the end of the war, but at what cost? As for locking any innocent person up because of where they came from, what colour their skin is or language they speak? That I just don’t understand at all. Scientists say that earthquakes etc are the most destructive forces on earth, I guess they are forgetting about the human race!

  6. zahra on May 10, 2008 at 5:54 am

    I CRYED THE FIRST TIME I HEARD KENJI !!!IT WAS WAY TO SAD!!!!!I HATE WAR!AND I WISH FOR PEACE EVERY DAY….WHAT HAPPINED TO THE JAPS WAS WRONG!!!!

  7. Aditya_the_warrior_within on May 10, 2008 at 2:00 am

    its incredible .. just wish if i could meet him so that i could give him a pat on his back !!! :)

  8. vlad_ignatyev on May 9, 2008 at 9:44 am

    My video Fort Minor – Kenji

  9. leimomi on May 8, 2008 at 7:26 pm

    i’m hoping to meet up w/you at JANM and tell me about your family’s experience. Email me to set it up.

    Leimomi

  10. akitagirl on May 8, 2008 at 4:18 pm

    The fan made videos are really great. The pix of the war should make us remember that nukes can never be used again. If those had been dropped on American soil – many Americans thoughts would be very different on wether it was justifyable to use nukes.

  11. Xavi_cardenas on May 8, 2008 at 3:06 pm

    i know that they suffered a lot in that damn war, but nobody forced them to enter to that war in the first place!!!! why they (well… some of them… politicians, army officers, etc) attacked Pearl Harbor for a war that it wasn’t even for them. And two, nobody remebers the american prisoners that suffered the same or even more that the japanese families in those internments…. word

  12. Blaesbjerg on May 8, 2008 at 12:42 am

    Mike.. It’s so cool that you are kind of supporting fan made videos, i thinkj it’s so great! I’ve watched a lot of fan-made videos and your it’s just becuase it really fits to a lot different situations … It’s just so awesome! You really are great!
    For the video it’s so sad .. WWII is really a big subject to talk about so i’ll just keep all the talk in my head xD I’ve never heard the “Kenji” before so that was nice to hear it for once!.. :)

  13. nillp on May 7, 2008 at 7:33 pm

    kellz, congratulations.. it looks amazing. :D

    for sure; kenji is one of the best songs mike has ever written. (:

  14. Ezza on May 7, 2008 at 6:00 pm

    that video was really cool and ur lucky in a sence that ur family actually talks bout the war. i have a german background and found out that they almost suffered the same fate in australia, yet they wont talk about the war and what happened which is sad and anoying and is also the reason why ppl make the same mistakes over and over. the only reason that i found out is because i started talking about the Japanese internment in the us which i found out about thanks to u, and then mum tells me that they had internment camps out here during the war. so thankyou for helping uncover something about my family:)

  15. Kira on May 7, 2008 at 5:03 pm

    I’m a possible history major. WWII is the most interesting part of the 20th century to me. The problem I have, though, is that high school history books are so brief. I don’t recall ever hearing about Japanese internment in America and Canada. I knew there was hostility, but I never knew about internment. To be honest, the only reason I know about it now is because of you. When you hear about WWII, you hear about three things: Pearl Harbor, the Holocaust, and the atomic bombs. Maybe I wasn’t paying attention or maybe I wasn’t taught it at all. I’ve read up on it, not extensively, but I get the basics.

  16. Kira on May 7, 2008 at 5:02 pm

    I’m enrolled in a WWII course next semester and hoping that we cover it. It’s overshadowed by the other events of WWII. Not that those were more or less terrible, but it just seems so hushed in high school history. Like “Let’s focus on how the sneaky Japanese attacked us first, how we helped liberate concentration camps, and how we ended the war and paid them back at the same time instead of how we injustly imprisoned people in their own country because of racial prejudice. Let’s focus on the positive shit we did and downplay the negative.” I don’t know what aspect of history I’d want to focus on if I do major in it, but internment is something I want to learn about in greater detail.

  17. Kira on May 7, 2008 at 5:02 pm

    PS – The 700 character rule is annoying.

  18. Yahali on May 7, 2008 at 1:46 pm

    mike….this song always exciting me.. you wrote it from your heart..amazing.

  19. kellz on May 7, 2008 at 1:15 pm

    fan videos…hmm i’m making a fan chair, haha
    work in progresssss

    also thank you so much for the link

  20. Jesly on May 7, 2008 at 12:51 pm

    Every war is evil.Not only for Japanese, but for the whole world. I just want to say that belief is the driving force of the world. War is not a panacea, life and liberty are omnipotent ¨ Memories of the past, when enemies become friends with the peaceful coexistence, we return to quiet ┅
    Perhaps, look at the history, and all have the significance of its existence ┅
    Finally ,what people need is love and peace.
    Sorry,my English is very poor.And I hope you can understand.
    PS:You’re a lovely guy:)

  21. LinkinPete on May 7, 2008 at 11:57 am

    This song also can bring me to tears. Really honest story, also makes a point about all what has happened on a personal level too. The video is great too. The pictures and this makes one wonder overall about certain things in the past ans what´s going on now.

    Also I´m really excited about the upcoming new art.

  22. bangbangbangonddoorbaby on May 7, 2008 at 10:34 am

    post 3 of 3
    This kid also during the Civil Rights chapter made it a point to let me know that back then my folks and my brother and I would have been lynched in the south for being mixed ( my mother is black and my father is white). He got lucky i was ignoring his ignorance in how to conversate with people on an intellect scale or else I would have decked him out. sorry for stretching it out to 3 posts it was more than 700 characters

  23. bangbangbangonddoorbaby on May 7, 2008 at 10:33 am

    post 2 of 3
    I knew I dreaded this subject during history in highschool because in every class there was atleast one person who proved to be ignorant. My senior year, my friend who happens to be half japanese and half white was sitting in front of me during that subject and as the teacher was explaining Pearl Harbor and the bombings this kids a few seats behind me was like “Im glad the Americans blew all those lame Japs to hell every last one deserves to die.”

  24. bangbangbangonddoorbaby on May 7, 2008 at 10:31 am

    post 1 of 3
    according to my dad, as a soldier you are told those kinds of things. You train so that in the event you are either targeted or given orders by your heads. Its like an unsaid rule that you will be someone’s enemy without you really knowing it. You will be attacked with or without warning for reason you may not find valid but others will use them none the less. So long as we all have major differences we will be someone’s enemy. Its the way we choose to deal with the situation.

  25. Y_ on May 7, 2008 at 9:19 am

    when i was a little kid, my family went on a trip every summer and winter vacation. one summer, my parents took me, my sis and bro to hiroshima. i remember that we took shinkansen bullet train to get there. but all i remember after that is…i was crying. i was so little, so i guess i didn’t fully understand the pictures and articles left on the scene in the memorial museum, but surely they made me scared.

  26. kUmiKo on May 7, 2008 at 9:14 am

    we are the generation who dont know the war in real. although we ONLY japanese know how terrible the nuclear weapon is and ONLY japanese experienced to be droped it , there is no much people who can talk about the war year by year and we young generation dont have much interest in the war cuz it seems like “a story”, not a real fact.
    so thanks for giving us the chance to think over about it and what we can do as a japanese who had such awful experience.
    we must keep that its never happened. all wars (even though they dont use a nuclear weapon) are tooooo stupid things.
    hope everyone here has the same thought.

  27. Noe_Kenji on May 7, 2008 at 8:04 am

    shit man… we’re our own worst enemies… only humans can do that… doing everything to try to kill the most people as possible…
    if i could change something of the story, i would change the II WORLD WAR. Thanks of this war, we have be able to see what would be the worst thing we could do… It’s so…sad…
    stupid humans!!! :'(

    I thank to God everyday to have create genious as you, Mikie (;) ) who makes me forgive all the horrors we do.
    thank you too Mike

    I still saying: so fucking sexy in We Made it…. OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Love and respect,
    Noemi

  28. AS_21 on May 7, 2008 at 7:47 am

    every war is baaad! and it’s not good to talk about who did better in that war…because nobody does… war is war… the most important is to stop wars!!! (oh, I don’t know how to say what I want to… :/ ) some people will never stop it… they would just think of a new territory.. it’s so stupid…

    xx

  29. AS_21 on May 7, 2008 at 7:40 am

    yeah… people make mistakes but messing up and letting die a lot of people… is just cruelty… work in army is dangerous and you know it… but innocent people shouldn’t have died… even if it was just an error.. it shouldn’t have happened ever after! but people are stupid and forget about mistakes of others.. this world is just forgetable… : / but yeah… we’re just human? our only desire is to fight with each other… but nothing is gonna change it… some people just think clearly about what they’re doing… that makes the world better ;p

    xx

  30. Curiosa on May 7, 2008 at 7:40 am

    (cont) If I recall correctly, the people at Pearl Harbor were not given any warning until they were fired at but by then it was too late. There were innocent people killed there too. The thing I don’t remember is why Hiroshima and Nagasaki were targeted. Was the Japanese military stationed there? I don’t agree with the US using the atomic bomb but I also don’t agree with the things the Japanese military did during this war.

    =:0 I’m reading what I just wrote & all of a sudden I see history repeating itself but w/o the use of the atomic bomb. The US has been attacked by suicide bombers & we are unfortunately now involved in a war; a war that I’ve been completely against.

  31. Curiosa on May 7, 2008 at 7:39 am

    Guys don’t forget that around WWII the word “kamikaze” first became well known in the US because Japanese air fighters were committing suicide in order to take out their “enemies” for their emperor. How do you fight against someone who is willing to die? This is also around the time when the atomic bomb was first discovered. I don’t believe people realized how destructive it was until after Hiroshima otherwise they would have also used it on Germany. This was a brand new weapon with horrible consequences that still exist. Like I’ve said before, the US was not part of the war until Japan attacked Pearl Harbor.

  32. Curiosa on May 7, 2008 at 7:38 am

    I have a question for everyone on here. How do you stop a power hungry nation? Do you stand back & just watch them destroy everything & everyone? What would you do in the same situation?

  33. bangbangbangonddoorbaby on May 7, 2008 at 6:03 am

    The first comment off that site disgusts me. Its that type of thinking that contributes to the worlds issues today. Alot of innocent people had to die so that the U.S. could make a point that they weren’t to be taken lightly. Then again, not to say alot at Pearl Harbor didn’t die, but in the Military you are given that warning that you will be fired on, bombed at, targeted for, and made an enemy of. I sympathize for both sides.

    These “wars” are what we give the next generation to learn from and hopefully not repeat, but like every war behind us, we seem to follow and make the same mistakes. Its a human error within us.

  34. NurBACK on May 7, 2008 at 1:07 am

    good video
    yeah,war is hell.

  35. shinoda_me on May 6, 2008 at 11:25 pm

    well… people talk of this thing that they call ‘history’ … i dont know what that means when it comes to Hiroshima and Nagasaki .. its just fucking wierd the way they think that its over .. its not .. this bloody atomic/nuclear bomb not just killed so many but fucking mutated genes for the worse … yea … while people continue to suffer and pass on the suffering to the next generation its labelled HISTORY … thanks for posting these things Mike… helps people to stop and think a little bit …

    “i dont know what weapons will be used in the third world war… but i know that the fourth will be fought with sticks and stones” – Einstein …. couldn’t have said it better. (sigh)

  36. nillp on May 6, 2008 at 7:56 pm

    those pics were frightful and turned me off.. i can’t understand how some people think that it was fair.. this is really shameful in every aspect..

    i’ve already seen a lot of videos made by fans; but i guess that this is one of the top 10.. the video shows what the song ‘wants to tell us’.. kudos to the author.. (:

    thanks for posting these kind of things; is always good see different points of view.. and as someone said, u encourage dialogue [i really esteem this quality u have :)]..

    take care; love ya ~ mk’nil ♥

  37. xLinkinParkFanx on May 6, 2008 at 7:08 pm

    wow. those photos..i guess thats one example why war is pointless. just brings death. btw that video was really good.

  38. karolp on May 6, 2008 at 5:33 pm

    Now the photos, after I read about everything I am not impressed at all. In my school has a folder of text talking about the atomic bomb, and I try to translate to a Url .. please if you can read, thank you very much
    Thank you for everything Mike and I like so much to be a fan of guy who writes and makes things very pretty, which I appreciate very much, and that in addition to all attempts to show the world what happens today and what happened. Congratulations Mike! I am a fan your fan with all my heart! sorry for some wrong with my english …
    kisses, *

  39. karolp on May 6, 2008 at 5:28 pm

    mike, I love (FM) but I am sorry I have not seen the translation of (kenji). I am studying a lot about the second world war and I think very iteressante, you know? But I read your post and saw the video and began to pay attention in translation and researched on the net … Mike you do not know how I am moved by what I read. I have never seen photos or nothing about the second world war it never interested me before, or knew anything about it. sorry for those who feel offended to read my post (which are North Americans – U.S.), but looks like some are so inhuman … were only fighting for political system … my God … the man is an animal … look how many deaths he caused … *

  40. vanessa_6487 on May 6, 2008 at 5:18 pm

    wow :0…. that video was great, the person that did it is so talented. I just love that song is so deep specially ’cause its based on real events… i hate all the cruelty agaist anybody… How sad is to know that even in today’s modern world human cruelty still exist :[……. well thnkx for sharing……love u n take care

    att.Vanessa
    xoxoxo

  41. Madlen on May 6, 2008 at 4:19 pm

    those photo are just…i can’t really find a word.i guess they just show how far can people go in destroying lives,homes…just horrible…

  42. analoggirl on May 6, 2008 at 3:55 pm

    Those photos are horrific. They remind me of ones I’ve seen of concentration camps and mass graves. I’d say that human history is littered with atrocities, but it continues to this day. We’re still not free from war and genocide.

    Mike, I love your passion and commitment. You use your voice to educate, not preach, and you encourage dialogue. Much respect for that.

    Your new art show is at the Japanese American National Museum, which is an interesting venue. Were you hoping to raise awareness or funds?

  43. ShadowerLiltani on May 6, 2008 at 3:14 pm

    Are those supposed to be people? I never knew an unarmed, innocent human being was a threat and needed to be hit with an atomic bomb. I’d really like to see a day when a foreign country bombs the US, and the US refuses to response. Just say, I’m not going to war with you, I’m not killing your people, I’m not giving you what you want. It’s like the US thought killing all those people made them feel powerful or in control. That’s probably some of the most out of control behavior I’ve ever seen.

  44. chaos_princess on May 6, 2008 at 1:31 pm

    it’s such a shame what happened in hiroshima. i did a work for my school about it and it was just shocking.
    this shouldn’t have happened.. even the americans think they saved thousands of american victims..

  45. cuz on May 6, 2008 at 1:05 pm

    the pictures are shocking, but it’s good you showed them. we need to talk about this not to forget. i love the fact you care about this. and Kenji is a great song. good work, man :)

  46. lp_fm_fan on May 6, 2008 at 1:02 pm

    The video was amazing, great video skills. Kudos!

    The pictures and the comments were HORRIBLE. They made me so sad and mad at the same time. How could they say that?! THEY deserved it?! No. No ones deserves death. Death is a cruel thing, for someone to wish it or cause it, is just awful. I hate that there are people still like that. :[

  47. Jaclyn on May 6, 2008 at 12:29 pm

    And i believe in one thing — every generation faces the choice – to unleash the war or not to and must make up its mind. So the future depends on us. Though everything is very complicated ((( And i won’t tire to thank you for your songs, for all that you do. You have a very heartfelt voice and brilliant articulation, it serves you well ;)

  48. Jaclyn on May 6, 2008 at 12:28 pm

    It’s hard for me speak about serious things in the foreign language but i’ll try. The first thing that came to my head was the famous quotation which you used in HHH song – “When the rich wage war it’s the poor who die.” (Jean-Paul Sartre) that’s the main idea coz noone’s innocent neither the White Americans nor the Japanese, it’s not matter of origin, sorry but the Japanese killed enough people during the history of the mankind, and so every nation did. And that spy-mania is notorious. As far as i can remember the bomb was the demonstration of force, sooner or later it had to happen.

  49. Doggie24690 on May 6, 2008 at 11:36 am

    Sometimes it’s hard to realize how much damage the U.S. did to those poor towns. The pictures were just horrible and the perfect example of why the countries of the world steer so for away from the H-bomb. Thank god no one has unleashed one of those on anyone because that’d be the end to us all. I really enjoyed the video, it was really moving. I love how open about this you are Mike because thanks to songs like “kenji” and your views/statements with Fort Minor, it has made so many people more aware of the situation that they could probably, more or less, give a damn about. Thank you.

  50. bruinhapa on May 6, 2008 at 11:22 am

    I just want to thank you for this song and video! I’m a yonsei Japanese American and my family was imprisoned in Camp Amache (CO) and I remember when I was in 5th grade, only seeing 2 paragraphs dedicated the horrible injustice that occurred against all of the Japanese here in the US and Japan. It was appalling to know that my family’s experience of being stripped of almost every possession, dealing with violent hatred and their fight to overcome it all, could be reduced to 2 paragraphs. It’s beautiful to see that others (especially other hapas!) have not forgotten what happened and are keeping the memories alive so that hopefully, others will never let such a tragedy occur again.

  51. Sammy on May 6, 2008 at 10:55 am

    this video makes me think about all the affliction the people had … it is really a good jop from steven i like it and the s ong works very good with the pictures !!

  52. BraneWorld on May 6, 2008 at 10:43 am

    War-with-blood is so terrible, “but” WAR-without-blood is on a par with that!!!!!Someone reminds me of this super severe, vital…CURRENT EVENT… I think the importance is that the bygone wars no matter how big they were, large or small, are “ALL” grief-stricken; at the same time, are a reflection on HOW people “view” everything in the world as well. The must-think of the war is simply that HOW we survey those certain people’s inside avarice and agon… RE-EYE the motivator and…human nature probably is the only thing we wanna discuss nowadays. Hope from now on, there will be NO any TYPE of war appears…

  53. yun on May 6, 2008 at 10:38 am

    Hey there =] I guess Frank is the same guy of the Meteora art day..You did a great job on that occasion! Anyway the video is great, Kenji is definitely one of my favourite tracks on the album, you’re amazing..
    I saw the pics too..Really scary and impressive. It must have been hell..
    Thanks for posting all this interesting stuff and, thanks just for posting. We luv ya :)

  54. Heshotmedown on May 6, 2008 at 10:26 am

    I’m just trying to put in words what this video makes me think of. That there are ppl that that learned. And that there are ppl that will never learn a lesson. They stay dumb and will keep on hating, and fighting and killing. With a reason that only they will or even wanna understand. Well I think I won’t come to a point without keep on talking and talking, and a comment like this isn’t the right place for something like that. So I hope I didn’t wrote to muddled. Keep on posting such important things! Alex

  55. Heshotmedown on May 6, 2008 at 10:26 am

    The video makes me feel the same way when I listened to the song the first time. Indiscribable sad. Sad for those, that wasn’t able to be smart enough to seperate right from wrong. For me as a german woman, it’s always difficult to say I’m german on vacation. Not everywhere, but there are always ppl who still associate Hitler with me, just because I’m german… At a school exchange with england some boys had thrown some stones after us. I know it’s nothing compaired with internment or something like that.

  56. MusicalMorphine on May 6, 2008 at 10:12 am

    YourConscience – Oh yes of course, that wasn’t what I was trying to say at all. I just read through my comment and I apologise, I didn’t word it very well. All I meant was that I don’t know if I personally would be able to kill another person who is doing (in some cases) the same as me, protecting their country. I know that there are many factors involved in war, but I just wanted to explain what I was trying to say.

    I wasn’t in any way trying to suggest that soldiers just kill people for the sake of it, and I meant no disrepect at all to the military.

  57. Curiosa on May 6, 2008 at 9:33 am

    (cont) Even the government has admitted that those actions led them to where they’re currently at & has given many of them land. They have not fully been able to succeed as a whole. They were still dealing with racism during WWII & many also joined the military in hopes of a better life. Mike, I think it’s great that you’re proud to be who you are & make people aware of the things that have happened but you’re also lucky that you’re able to speak out & have people listen to you. Keep up the good work. :)

    btw it’s times like this when I hate that 700 character rule. :)~

  58. Curiosa on May 6, 2008 at 9:33 am

    (cont) Mike, as you might remember I did see a documentary about the Japanese internment camps a long time ago & it’s really awful what happened to the Japanese Americans but to me what’s worse than that is the treatment of Native American Indians because at least the Japanese Americans were able to go back into society & succeed as a whole. Look at the Native Americans, they were rounded up like cattle, their land taken away from them, & forced to live on a land they didn’t want to as if they were criminals. Just like Japanese Americans but many Native Americans still live there today. It took them decades to recover from this if you can even call it “recovering”.

  59. Curiosa on May 6, 2008 at 9:32 am

    (cont) I would love to live in a world where everyone is equal, where the word war does not exist, where there’s no hunger, a pure utopia, but we as human being are imperfect. There will always be someone who will want more: more money, more power, more land, etc. & as long as someone wants more there will never be true peace. It does not mean we should stop trying to have peace but on the contrary, we should try because you never know when you might be able to make a positive effect on someone who will then pass it on to someone else who will then continue to pass it on. If you want to see a real tear-jerker watch “Grave of the Fireflies” based in Japan during WWII.

  60. Curiosa on May 6, 2008 at 9:31 am

    (cont) Many of the comments were from war vets so they have a better idea of what was going on during that time. It is a tragedy what happened to all those innocent people but unfortunately it’s part of war. Where ever there’s war, someone innocent dies whether it’s an innocent bystander in the wrong place at the wrong time or an innocent child or blind woman being used as a bomb carrier. At least it wasn’t an attempt at genocide; what the Jews went through. Even the US agreed that the use of the atomic bomb was terrible & since then hasn’t used it again & hopefully will not have to. I wonder if back then they fully understood how destructive the bomb would be.

  61. Curiosa on May 6, 2008 at 9:30 am

    (cont) I saw a documentary on PBS about a battle between the US & Japan on land (don’t remember the location) around Thanksgiving where they mentioned heads being decapitated by the Japanese & horrible booby traps set up by them on land. The troops couldn’t even sit down & have a Thanksgiving dinner w/o being blown up (they tried). I have also heard about the atrocities committed by the Japanese to many neighboring countries so I don’t feel that Japan was that innocent. I’m NOT condoning the violence, the war, the dropping of the atomic bomb, or the comments below the pics but I can understand where they’re coming from.

  62. Curiosa on May 6, 2008 at 9:22 am

    I think I’ve been watching too many gruesome movies because the pics from the Jewish camps had a bigger impact on me than these pics or maybe these pics weren’t as awful as the pics of all those murdered & tortured Jews.

    Quick brief history: This was during WWII when Hitler started his genocide against the Jews. Japan joined Germany & the US was determined to stay out of the war until Japan bombed Pearl Harbor (Hawaii). The US was forced into war by Japan. Sorry but this is going to be an essay. (cont.)

  63. Janni_Loves_LP on May 6, 2008 at 8:58 am

    I couldn’t agree more with SO_S… Those photos.. I can’t even describe how I feel right now..

    Not too long ago we had this assignement in an english class, to pick a song and a group and present our work for the class. I chose Kenji and talked about Japanese internment, and people had never even heard of it.. Not even the teachers!
    I must admit that I also hadn’t heard of it before “The Rising Tied” came out. But I just thought I had to tell them about it.

    about the fan video thing: You’re welcome! :) Thank YOU for being such awesome musicians! love you…!

    Ps.: The video you posted is really good!

  64. rockermeg on May 6, 2008 at 8:52 am

    Amazing video and ‘Kenji’ is one of the most inspiring songs I’ve ever heard!-Love it!

    Don’t thank us Mike,you’re the ones who give us such amazing songs!

    That’s so sad…on our last school trip to France we went to the D-day landing beaches and watched a film on all the soldiers that died in the war…it was so emotional. Those pictures are awful…the world is a beautiful but horrible place.

    Thanks soo much for sharing,
    Megan xxx

  65. Monmonta on May 6, 2008 at 8:42 am

    Many American politicians or American people think that “We could not help dropping the nuclear bomb to Hiroshima and Nagasaki to finish the WWⅡ. It is wrong.

    Anyway, “Kenji” is very good song. Because of this song, we, our young generation come to think about WAR.

  66. nastylp on May 6, 2008 at 8:26 am

    this video is great!!!!

  67. So_S on May 6, 2008 at 8:25 am

    words can’t describe how i felt after seeing those pictures…lets all hope no one experiences anything similar in the future…i won’t even comment on the extremely racist comments on that page..

  68. Fishgoingwest on May 6, 2008 at 8:20 am

    Wars are just like this.Everything is weak when facing wars.

    These pics just remind me of Nanking Massacre in China,which all Chinese people won’t forget,which all Chinese students will learn in their history books.

    Everytime I see these kind of cruel scene,I just feel that I’m so lucky to have lived in a more peaceful world.

    Pray for the people who are still suffering from conflicts or wars.

  69. _NoRa_ on May 6, 2008 at 8:20 am

    Kenji is one of my favorite songs you’ve ever wrote..I played it once to my father and he nearly cried(which he NEVER does)[maybe because he could kinda relate to it..you should know that my family fled from Armenia in 1915 to escape the slaughter by the Turks]It was horrible what happend to the people in Hiroshima and Nagasaki..In our last years literature book we had a detachment of book called ‘The flowers of Hiroshhima’ and we read it in class(for the first time in the last 2 years they were completely silent)..Our teacher was so touched that she couldn’t finish reading..It was scary and moving to hear incident from someone who was really there(although it was ‘just’ written)..

  70. xReiKx on May 6, 2008 at 8:18 am

    this video is great! i would like to say thanks so much to mike for making this track “kenji”. because of this song, i could know about facts of internment camps. as a japanese, i think it should be picked up at school in japan. but according to my professor of area study class, there are reasons why teachers dont talk about this issue in japan. and…pictures of hiroshima made me so sad. if you come to japan again in the future, please visit hiroshima peace memorial museum. i got a big shock when i visited there. but that opportunity made me think about a real “peace”.

  71. AmiexLP on May 6, 2008 at 8:06 am

    That video is really good! kudos to whoever made it =]
    i love kenji its definatley one of my favourite songs off of the FM album.
    the lyrics are so deep and you can just imagine the story from hearing the lyrics!

    And those pictures were afwal :S,,,Anyways Love the vid!
    ^_^

    Amie
    <33

  72. yanTyan on May 6, 2008 at 7:49 am

    Please forgive my rude to ask this question…..and can also forgive my question if eveyone feel not comfort to watch
    how dose it feel when onebody got more than one nation ‘s blood?
    I just know that Mickey is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSFd5X24TY8

  73. Shinizzle3 on May 6, 2008 at 7:42 am

    the comments to this pictures…oh my god! i mean somebody has written “they got just what they deserved”!!!that’
    s…i don’t know…HOW CAN SOMEBODY BE SO CRUEL, STUPID; BRUTAL;NUMB…??!! i really can’t understand this …kenjii is a great song btw,boaah…I’m so overwhelmed that there are still so many people thinking that it was GOOD to bomb hiroshima or Nagasaki!!!

  74. Reem on May 6, 2008 at 7:31 am

    Mike Kenji is a great song,i honestly mean it.Thank you for this,the video was really good,couldnt go through the pics today,i will in daylight thought.Back to kenji,i have so much respect for you for doing such piece.We’re doing WWI+WWII at school ATM,so i keep listening to kenji,it makes sense more now.On how the camps are memorials now,that’s a good thing i guess,but did it really teach people anything?we still have wars to this day,i don’t think any photos change how some people’s brains work,which is unfortunant.Any way,great post,thank you so much,have a good day,thanks again.

  75. maria on May 6, 2008 at 7:18 am

    Well it’s a worse part of a human nature. I agree with you((Clara110). We can’t change the human nature but we can change the world’s attitude toward the aftermath(
    And for you Mike, the video is the masterpiece.

  76. axrinekey on May 6, 2008 at 7:16 am

    I like the effects of the words in the beginning (:

    Anyways, it’s a great video, it tells us about the horrid of war… atomic bombs…
    They are really scary.

  77. maria on May 6, 2008 at 7:14 am

    Hi Mike) Those photos of Hiroshima (from your permission I will write it like this) cause you will understand me right)
    are…. you know…. realistic. Damn the war and the scientist who created the bomb. That was the biggest mistake of a human being to wage war and kill people. these photos must be shown to Bush administration and his successor in order to understand that war is not a goddam celebration. It’s awful thing. And the world must Remember It in order not to wage a goddam armsrace and creat another goddam bomb just for the sake of those who aren’t here with us. Crying with you cause today is the memorial day( of those who died(

  78. lp_fm_fan on May 6, 2008 at 7:12 am

    ah, i want to see dammit, but i’m in school right now! dammit, lol. i’ll see it when i get home!

  79. Ann on May 6, 2008 at 6:36 am

    some of the comments on the pics were very racist, that was more horrible than the pictures.
    Inocent people die when a war starts and i hate that!
    the video is great, no words to discribe it.

  80. clara110 on May 6, 2008 at 6:33 am

    Can anybody tell me how people can be capable of that??
    And did you read the comments at the bottom of the pictures??!!! Humanity is so cruel.
    It just makes me sad. I hope that at least we’re able to change things like these.
    I didn’t know that there were these internment camps before i heard ‘Kenji’ for the first time. Everything we heard about in history classes is that the Japanese people attacked Pearl Harbor… We just scratched on the surface, maybe because it didn’t really affect Switzerland.. And in the end there is so much more cruelty we’ve never heard about and never will….
    Ok let’s stop that.

    PS: Ah, and does Kenji mean anything special??

  81. clara110 on May 6, 2008 at 6:33 am

    Can anybody tell me how people can be capable of that??
    And did you read the comments at the bottom of the pictures??!!! Humanity is so cruel.
    It just makes me sad. I hope that at least we’re able to change things like these.
    I didn’t know that there were these internment camps before i heard ‘Kenji’ for the first time. Everything we heard about in history classes is that the Japanese people attacked Pearl Harbor… We just scratched on the surface, maybe because it didn’t really affect Switzerland.. And in the end there is so much more cruelty we’ve never heard about and never will….
    Ok let’s stop that.

    PS: Ah, and does Kenji mean anything special??

  82. PankakeMunky on May 6, 2008 at 6:11 am

    being an asian american myself, it hurts to know about this internetment but have no record of it in history books and have it magically disappear to this day. i first learned about it from the kenji song and then i had to ask my mom about it. so yeah, i sometimes love this country…

  83. AS_21 on May 6, 2008 at 5:22 am

    it’s… i don’t know how to describe it… so many people died!! I cannot speak…
    : ( it was an enormous tragedy.. I can’t even imagine how something like that could happen… so sad… : /

  84. kajakira on May 6, 2008 at 5:15 am

    it makes me cry :'(

  85. Mickey on May 6, 2008 at 4:18 am

    Fuck, Mike! Those pictures are horrible! And the comments these people made to them, made me want to hurt something. For once…and this is rare…I lack words to describe my disgust. How the fuck can people make comments like that?! It’s beyond my comprehention, man.

  86. shinoda_me on May 6, 2008 at 4:14 am

    just saw the pictures… heck! i cant handle it … “those jap bastards started it and we damn finished it”… what the fuck! and they still call themselves humans!

  87. merve on May 6, 2008 at 3:39 am

    great post mike!!i couldnt watch the video coz,youtube doesnt work right now.but these pics tell everything that need to tell!
    someones should feel ashamed!!…..again,such a great post! tnx mike! …((and i guess,this post deserves more comments than other ones))

  88. murry on May 6, 2008 at 2:58 am

    This is vaguely related. I just got into a big fight with a co-worker when he brought in a Toby Keith song to play at work. It was one of those, “put a boot up their ass songs.” I turned it off and proceeded to tell him how disgusting his taste in music was. Perhaps my tact could have been better, but someone romanticizing brutal war-mongering, letting us detach from the horrors of it all by making a joke out of it, just really set me off.

    Anyway, I’ve been thinking about it all night. Then this post reminded me of why I’m a die-hard supporter of yours and not Toby Keith’s (obvious reasons aside).

  89. murry on May 6, 2008 at 2:58 am

    “Kenji” has always made me proud to be a fan. I’ve seen a few videos like that. I think you really did a good job of educating kids whose school books glossed over that subject.

    As to the photos: Horrific. I’ve never seen such detailed and up-close pictures of the aftermath. It’s atrocious. What’s almost as shameful is some of the comments underneath the pictures. Did you see some of those?

  90. crystalrussianla on May 6, 2008 at 2:55 am

    ok i realy wish i didnt see those pic’s but everything you put up i have to see
    evein though you warned me i still had to see
    thanks mike …lol

    no but look at how maney people had to die befor everyone forgave each other and gave up the war
    there shouldint have been a war in the first place i dont no what the hole thing was about but i have a
    feeling it was for no reson maybe there was maybe there wanint i dont no i never went to school befor
    i learn on my own

    well have a nice day night whatever it is i hope its great to you love you babe goodnight godbless mwa

  91. Romeo4wheels on May 6, 2008 at 2:35 am

    Yes, we all have our own pain, even the one who made us to be suffered.
    Enjoy and Happy with this few beautiful days, please….. :)

  92. soyuneik on May 6, 2008 at 2:23 am

    on the pictures…

    ugh they got me fired up

  93. soyuneik on May 6, 2008 at 2:23 am

    The people commenting fucking disgust me. The only way world peace will exist is if everything ended and started from scratch.Too many uneducated, ignorant, greedy and selfish fucks live amongst us…No one has the right to kill another for any reason.. War.. Fuck a war. As far as we know, we get only one life. If some moron wants to make a bomb he can test it on himself. If your racist, go read something, like a book..or an encyclopedia. You might learn something about how to stop misdirecting your own shit on others and increase your ability to comprehend basic things.Like why can even see color, why your brain categorizes shit, and despite it all that we are all simply, human.

  94. karu_carly on May 6, 2008 at 1:55 am

    i like so much that song….it’s very sad but it’s very realistic….. i think it’s a great song!!!! awesome job mike!!!! :)
    hiroshima’s pictures are……pfffff….HORRIBLE!!! but have an important part in the Japan’s history……

  95. shinoda_me on May 6, 2008 at 1:38 am

    (..cont) he worked for the moment and is probably the only person to have ‘seen’ the entire episode … he even describes the way it looks (from orange, to violet to black or whatever it may be) .. you should read it .. it killed me .. totally .. i was recalling this song when i read it .. JOY for so many war-scientists on one side while on the other its PAIN… PAIN that can never heal …

  96. shinoda_me on May 6, 2008 at 1:38 am

    ahh.. i figure i have more to say in relevance to this song/video .. i’ve been thinking about the contrast between the feeling of a person who worked towards the ‘perfect’ making of this monster of a bomb and people who are affected by it (directly/indirectly) .. i dont know if you’ve read it Mike but if you haven’t i’m referring to this book called Surely You’re Joking Mr.Feynman .. (cont..)

  97. YourConscience on May 6, 2008 at 1:35 am

    MUSICALMORPHINE… You do realize that the military isn’t just about killing randmom, innocent people, don’t you?

  98. Mag_Shinizzle on May 6, 2008 at 1:35 am

    Wow… amazing video. And this song… I have to admit that before Fort Minor, I didn’t even know about the internment camp [ashamed] So thank you for letting me know and for making such songs. The first time I heard ‘Kenji’ and read the lyrics, it really shook me up and now each time I hear it, I cannot do anything else other than just listening to it. Don’t really know if you see what I mean, but anyway, this is a GREAT song. Thank you for it, and thank you for being such a true person.
    Greetings from France, Mag.

  99. KATHYxx on May 6, 2008 at 1:32 am

    The racists commenting on those pictures make me more sick than the pictures.

  100. MusicalMorphine on May 6, 2008 at 1:31 am

    Oh god. Some of those comments are nearly as disturbing as the pictures.

    @ LP_ANN’s comment, I agree. I do not understand why people think it’s okay to kill others just because they are of a different race. That’s one reason why I could never be in the army. Part of me thinks they are brave for going out and protecting our country etc, and that is true, but the other part of me can’t help but think they are killing hundreds of people who are worth no less than we are, who have families and rights.

    That video was nice though. The beginning part was cool (as well as the rest obv).

  101. LP_Ann on May 6, 2008 at 1:23 am

    The video is cool.
    The phots are so grahpic but im so glad to see that the people posting here have been more considerate in their response than those on the page where the photos were posted. Its good to see we all know that a life lost is a life lost no matter who’s it is.

  102. Frerard on May 6, 2008 at 1:22 am

    the pictures are intense. that’s all i can say.

  103. shinoda_me on May 6, 2008 at 1:18 am

    okay.. here you go Mike, have a light moment … CLICK ME :D 3 pages Mike .. 3 pages ….

  104. Simone on May 6, 2008 at 1:17 am

    I always listen to Kenji, I think it’s a really amazing song. My paretns aren’t fans of hip-hop, but when they listened to that song they really liked it because I made them listen to the lyrics (don’t you just hate it when people judge a song because of its genre without listening to the musicality or lyrics?). As for those pics, I think they’re very interesting to look at. I’ve seen a few documentaries on Hiroshima and hell, some of the things I have heard are appauling and i’ve seen images which have been much more graphic compared to the ones I viewed on here. It’s absolutely horrific to know that people are capable of inflicting so much pain onto others.

    “Such is life”

  105. YourConscience on May 6, 2008 at 1:07 am

    Who CAN put words together? Every time I read about this shit, or see pictures… Ugh… It’s just sick…

  106. shinoda_me on May 6, 2008 at 1:06 am

    (sigh) Mike i just want to say THANK YOU for writing this song .. this is one of those few songs that just blow up my mind and never let me recover … i was so stunned the way it is from Japanese point of view that ..well.. i just couldn’t cry .. this one and HANDS HELD HIGH .. ill regard them way above any other song that anyone has ever written (hangs her head and shakes it) pain to the highest degree … (sigh)

  107. Anstice on May 6, 2008 at 1:04 am

    I am at a complete loss for words from those pictures. Like…I knew that what happened was evil…and graphic, but fuck. When you actually see it, it puts everything into perspective. It makes you wonder how the world can be so evil. I can’t even fathom…My God, I can’t even put words together right now…

  108. YourConscience on May 6, 2008 at 1:01 am

    This song made me cry the first time I heard it… And I still get chills every time… EVERY time… Never fails…

    P.S. Those pictures are sick…

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