War inevitable changes everything, the landscape, the government, the people. Masuji Ono is one that endured the war and it changed him and his circumstances as well. Before the war Masuji was an intimidating figure. He was a well known artist and patriot and still hold many of his same loyal beliefs from before the war. Many however are ashamed of the defeat and do their best to forget it and move on, even their children idolize western figures, “American heroes are the better models for children now” (36). For Masuji the floating world is the past, it is what he can no longer hang on to because now his whole world is changing even though that is what makes him who he is. There is an entire generation caught in between the way things were and how they have changed even from parent to child. Masuji refers to his son-in-law that he shows, “frequent signs of bitterness he has displayed toward my generation” (50).
When faced with a traumatic experience you respond in one of two ways: you replay the moments over and over in your head or you suppress them and don’t remember certain events of the tragedy. It shapes the way our brain responds to future situations and how we recall events. After WWII facts and news reports that followed immediately after were often unclear and mixed up. Depending on what individuals had gone through and their political views on the war they would recall events differently. It is hard to bring yourself to remember and be vocal about traumatic experiences. It forces you to be vulnerable all over again and relay events that never should have happened. There is often fear, shame and guilt involved with these memories making it hard to voice them. It is even hard to move on from the past tragedies and make a s0-called normal life after facing such an experience.