18 September 2007

Singapore Short Stories - Japanese Occupation

In World War II, Japan invaded China in 1937 to bolster it’s meager stock of natural resources and extend it’s colonial realm, to ease it’s population pressure. Subsequently, the Empire of Japan advanced into Southeast Asia and eventually attacked Singapore (a major British military base in SE Asia) in 7 Feb 1942.
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According to The Kin Jio Leaf, the real motive behind the Japanese Imperial Army’s invasion was to find the elusive Banana Leaf Fan (芭蕉扇) owned by Princess Iron Fan (铁扇公主).
The Banana Leaf Fan, which originated from China was somehow delivered to Japan and was use to repel the Mongol invasion of Japan during 1274-1281. Storms (Divine Wind) were created using the Banana Leaf Fan to repel the Mongol’s navy.

Many years later, the Banana Leaf Fan was lost and the Japanese thought that it must have returned to China. Thus they invaded China to search for it. They found Panda and His Diaper Bears and their sacred text The Bamboo Shoots where it indicated that further south, there is a clan called Khirsah and His Hairy Apes who owns The Kin Jio Leaf. Thinking that The Kin Jio Leaf is the Banana Leaf Fan, the Japanese Imperial Army diverted south and attacked Singapore. It was due to this reason, The Kin Jio Leaf faced a shortage of banana leaves yet again. It was also during this trying period, the Khirsah then had to retreat further into the forest with his fellow orang utans and in the process, lost quite a few leaflets from The Kin Jio Leaf.

The Imperial Japanese Army had to keep this particular mission as top secret so as not to let anyone know their vulnerability. However, they also need to remind their soldiers of their primary objective thus they printed currencies with motifs of banana tree. These notes became more commonly know as banana money. The print of banana money was without serial money and uncontrolled which resulted in high inflation and severe depreciation of it’s value.

For 3 years and 8 months, the Japanese army searched frantically for The Kin Jio Leaf and hoping that it would provide some clues to locate the Banana Leaf Fan. Their secret police, Kempeitai, questioned and tortured the locals for the location of Khirsah and His Hairy Apes but no one knew. Needless to say, those who knew the real objective were executed. The Khirsah then had wanted to step out of the forest to prevent further lost of lives but he knew the Japs wanted to locate the Banana Leaf Fan but the Kin Jio Leaf do not have that information. He had contemplated sabo-ing the monkeys and tell the Japanese that the monkey's sacred text, The Coconut Husks, would have the record but like they say…Tree Fell Monkey Scram (树倒猢狲散)… all the monkeys had disappeared also. So, surrendering themselves would not help in any way but exterminate the Khirsah clan. The banana trees were not spared though…the Japs cut down every banana tree they can find, Pontianak or no Pontianak, they came, they sawed and they eat bananas.

When the Allies counter attacks became more intensive, the Japs had no choice but to create their own Divine Wind (Kamikaze) without the Banana Leaf Fan by making their pilots go on suicidal mission…with little success. Eventually, the Japanese surrendered on 15 Aug 1945.

Even now, no one knows where is the Banana Leaf Fan.…

13 comments:

little_gecko said...

Ahem, isn't da banana fan bio degradable? Shd be ashes by now... kekekeke ;p

ras said...

Princess Iron Fan use the banana leaf after her meal at Muthu's curry, lah!!!

khirsah said...

Well, gecko, erm, the Banana Leaf Fan is very special one mah... not biodegradable one. It can expand and contract... if I remember correctly, Princess Iron Fan kept it in her mouth but gave up eventually because she wanted a tongue ring, to complement her husband - Ox Demon, who has a nose ring... :p

ras, I think you're right...the Fan has gone to India... that must be it :) BTW, I got vacancies under the Secret Squirrels Service (ever since some of them kena eaten by the snake)... interested?

The Frog Prince said...

Actually... oh please people.. please keep this solely to yourself.. I have.. have.. *shiver* i have heard about the trace of The Banana Fan...
Lian hua xian zi (lotus princess) that time lost her lotus leave.. and suddenly something pong on her head. *Ouch* she found that actually some banana leaf like looking thing dropped on her head. She was so sweaty in the hot sun that she use it to fan herself.. who knows... she got blown away.. the fan i think contracted and drop into the pond.. i think its better you ask the frog prince.

khirsah said...

The pond where the Frog Prince resides?!?! Really!?!?! I'd better make this entry into KJL! :=)

ras said...

I thot you are the Secret Squirrel. :P

little_gecko said...

Oooo, little gecko noticed dat da great ape also reads and comments on Mr Wang's webby ah?? Kekeke... welcome to da club! :)

khirsah said...

ras, i tot you know my clan best? how can de khirsah be secret squirrel when he is an ape? :p

LG, yeap, I was blog hopping and came across Mr Wang...do you think he'll mind if I put him under the "Friends" list like yours and FPs?

The Frog Prince said...

Who is Mr Wang???

ras said...

Secret squirrel is an ape in disguise!!!! :lol

khirsah said...

Mr Wang Says So... a blogger... can be found here

http://mrwangsaysso.blogspot.com/

little_gecko said...

Nah, just host his url till da great mr wang says otherwise mah. Dun think he'd mind since it would only widen da readership base :)

Oh dear, froggy muz get more in touch wid da online local issues blogs... For a start, can just click on those found on da right-hand side of da gecko's LJ ;p kekekeke....

khirsah said...

Doh...still got a lot to learn about blogging :p