The photo on the right was taken 19 August with MacArthur on the balcony of Manila City Hall. Mac and the GIs and Filipinos below him are waiting for the Japanese delegation coming to accept the orders to surrender and return them to Tokyo. City Hall, one of few buildings left standing, was still pockmarked by bullets from the Battle of Manila six months earlier which had resulted in the death of 1000 American GIs, 16,500+ Japanese, and 100,000 Filipinos.
That Japanese delegation to Manila had flown from Tokyo to Sata Misaki on the southern tip of Kyushu and from there to Ie Shima , an island just off the western edge of Okinawa.
the Iejima Island Lily Festival featuring acreage that looks like gigantic carpets of snow white lilys.
At MacArthur's dog and pony show on the 2nd (i.e. the formal surrender ceremony), the Japanese delegation was led by Mamoru Shigemitsu, Minister of Foreign Affairs and General Yoshijirō Umezu Chief of the IJA General Staff. Mac's staff had specified all the details of the ceremony. So was it a slap in the face to Admiral Nimitz that Admiral Soemu Toyoda, Chief of the IJN General Staff was not among them? Some thought so at the time. Both Shigemitsu and Umezu were later convicted at the Tokyo War Crimes Tribunal. Umezu certainly deserved it for his time in China as CG of the Japanese 1st Army and later CinC of the Kwantung Army. Umezu died in prison four years after the surrender. Shigemitsu, known as Shiggy to the American press, got a raw deal and never should have been convicted. He had opposed militarism his entire career in the diplomatic corps, had opposed the war, and he had "argued that the success of the proposed Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere depended on the equal treatment of China and other Asian nations with Japan." It was Stalin that wanted him on trial. He had been ambassador in Moscow in 1938, so he must have stepped on some toes there during the Japanese/Soviet border conflicts. Despite depositions from both American and British diplomats about Shigemitsu's opposition to the war, MacArthur caved to the Soviets. Or maybe it was Truman? But Shiggy was released from prison in 1950 he eventually went into politics becoming a member of the Diet in 1952 and Deputy Prime Minister in 1954.