OTAWARA, Tochigi - A day after a lethal mishap that killed seven understudies and an educator on a secondary school mountaineering trip, the father of one of the casualties conversed with the Mainichi Shimbun at his home about his recollections of his lost child.
"Thank you for everything. It would be ideal if you go ahead to paradise without stressing over me," said Masamitsu Sato, 48, addressing the spirit of his child, Kosuke, 16, who died in the mishap.
The last time that Masamitsu saw his child alive was on March 25, when he dropped him off at school via auto for the main day of the mountaineering trip. After two days, on March 27, Kosuke's body was come back to him, with no noticeable wounds.
"He appeared as though he would open his eyes," said Masamitsu. "It torments me that I don't recall exceptionally well the last time I saw him off."
To Masamitsu, Kosuke was valuable as he was his lone kid. "He made a decent attempt at all that he did, and he was cherished by the more youthful students." While at Yuzukami Junior High School, he was the leader of the understudy gathering. He played baseball as first baseman, and was bad habit chief of his group.
"He didn't have incredible athletic reflexes, however he was great at batting," Masamitsu reviews. He says he went to each one of his son's competitions to cheer for him.
Kosuke loved drawing, and when he initially entered secondary school he needed to join the craftsmanship club. Notwithstanding, he was welcome to join the mountaineering club, and, needing to get work out, he chose to go along with it.
"Since the time Kosuke was little I every now and again took him skiing, and perhaps that's the reason he took an enthusiasm (in the mountains)," says Masamitsu.
Masamitsu never heard his child grumble about the club. Kosuke appeared to appreciate it. Masamitsu says he "has no regrets" about permitting Kosuke to join the club.
Although he doesn't know the subtle elements yet about how his child was found in the torrential slide, he heard that Kosuke was hauled out by different understudies.
"If there is somebody who realizes what it resembled then, I need to hear what my son's last minutes were like," he says.
In his home, Masamitsu has a self-picture that Kosuke made of himself in craftsmanship class. Kosuke carried it home with him around one week prior. It demonstrates him with a to some degree solid expression, substantial eyes gazing forward.
"I'm not great at drawing, so I thought this was fine work. I ponder what he was speculation when he made it," says Masamitsu, bringing down his face and calming his words.