Aug 12, 2014

Kamikaze pilots

This is a page of our local newspaper. It had an extended article about the Kamikaze (tokko in Japanese) pilots during world WWII. I find it interesting that the typical kamikaze pilot was young, idealistic and generally against the war. It would make an extremely good text on which to base a series of classes in a Japanese Culture course. The authors have to walk a very fine line by making them heroic in a losing cause. I am not going to discuss the war other than to say that for most people it seems to be both good and bad, depending on the exact nature of the discussion.

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