Masabumi Hosono


Kristynamy

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Such a disappointment of how Mr. Hosono had to go through all this pain. He survived such a horrible experience & was not even able to share happiness with his family when he arrived home safe because of his culture, I hope he is rest in peace & once again alive in spirt. I was able to know Mr. Hosono from visiting Titanic Museum in Las Vegas. Its an honor.
 
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I'm doing a report on Mr. Masabumi Hosono. I chose him out of everyone on the Titanic because when I read this I realized how much pain and suffrage he went through. Rest In Peace and I hope one day you will live again in the spirits may your lovely accompaince to everyone come again.:)
 

Takumi Mimura

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Hi, I posted this on fb group and was told by other members that people in this forum might be interested: I have found a document published in October 1942 by the son of 2nd class passenger Mr Hosono Masabumi, in order to regain his father's honor. As some of you might know, Mr Hosono, being one of the few 2nd class male survivors, was criticized and mocked upon returning to Japan and led a quiet life avoiding public until his death in 1939.
Titled "Disaster diary of the oncean liner Titanic", this 9 page long article presents Mr Hosono's testimonies before and after the sinking based on Mr Hosono's letter (https://www.encyclopedia-titanica.org/last-of-the-last.html) and stories his father had told before his death. This article unfortunately did not catch the attention due to Japan's involvement in WWII at the time.
I knew this article exsited as one of Mr Hosono's descendants mentioned it in a Japanese documentary, however there was almost no record of this document on the internet except for one source on Google Book where it stated that it was published in Oct 1942 on a transportation journal. I was lucky to have found this exact issue of journal in a public library (ISSN: ZSC002707 @Kanagawa prefectural library: https://www.klnet.pref.kanagawa.jp/riyou/kpl_english.htm) near where I live. Interestingly, this library is only 5 minutes walk from Yokohama Port Museum where they keep Mr Hosono's handwritten letter.
I will be publishing a translation of this document in the coming days on fb group and (if requested) here, as I found some of the information to be interesting, although they may not be of much importance.
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