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Blossoms in the Wind The Human Legacy of the Kamikaze by M.G. Sheftall

By M.G. Sheftall

Within the final days of global warfare II, the japanese unleashed a brand new breed of warrior. They have been the kamikaze-idealistic younger males believing there should be no higher glory than to sacrifice their lives in suicide assaults to protect their place of birth. yet what of these males who took the sacred oath to die in battle-and lived? quickly after the Sept. 11 assaults, ethnographer M.G. Sheftall was once given unprecedentedly intimate entry to the cloistered group of Japans final closing kamikaze corps survivors. the result's a poignant and unforgettable glimpse into the lives and mindsets of former kamikaze pilots who by no means accomplished their ultimate missions.

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It, it at Monthly production numbers were now record levels. But now, even The girls to toil no women and children were being pressed into service. nation's aircraft plants largely relied away on the assembly Dressed pay. in lines, on mobilized teenage school- working brutally long hours with dowdy gray padded pajamas with Rising Sun head- bands over their uniformly pigtailed black wooden hair, they their left little geta clogs in neat rows on the factory floor and scurried bare- foot over the airplanes that would carry the wings of Zero fighters as sacred for Shinto shrine.

Fifty-three. demands Physical manifestations of the whining had yet from a afflicted of Saipan four kept to himself. A quality-of-life viewpoint, him was it. More worri- his nervous stom- since the Battle of the Philippine Sea months earlier. But that miserable and was fact, too, warrior suffered in silence, shunning sympathy and commander who had succor from others; a for the nearest latrine or suitable did not exactly six the way. But then, the vast majority of them were not becoming urgent of There were uniform ready to do exactly the same instill to keep an anxious eye peeled clump of bushes everywhere he went confidence in his men.

And no one This was basic bushido senior/subordinate protocol. The admiral rubbed his eyes with his stubby 33 stonemason's fingers and BLOSSOMS 34 THE WIND IN turned his attention to the activities on the casting long shadows on the bustled around parked performing last-minute repairs in the dying craft, Maintenance crews airfield. muddy ground light, air- preparing the planes for the next day's missions and towing them to their camouflaged revetments to hide them from the marauding Americans, covering anything and everything else with bundles of tree branches and mats of high grass sod ripped up from the ground.

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