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The fall of Singapore and the brilliant victories achieved since the start of the war mean we are protected, but I don't know just how grateful I should be. --Takahashi Aiko, housewife, February 1942



This is my final departure from the home islands. I have paid my respects to those who have helped me. I have no regrets. --Itabashi Yasuo, navy kamikaze pilot, February 1944

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Paperback, 330 pages
Published September 30th 2005 by University of Hawaii Press (first published September 26th 2005)
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Paul
Mar 04, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone interested in reading modern Japanese history in English
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Biographies of a range of Japanese war casualties and survivors, ranging from Kamikaze pilots to children writing journals as school assignments. Sadly, much of this writing was written with the fact of censorship to bear in mind, but a few of the entries (a Kyoto store owner, a brilliant young woman working for a business) are critical and also beautiful in their style and descriptions. What is a better way to access history than through the journals of those living in the historical moment? (W ...more
Linda
Apr 15, 2009 rated it liked it
While not exactly an exciting read, this book is a rare English language study of Japanese lives during WWII. Contains diaries of a variety of people including kamakaze pilot, old businessman, Christian housewife, working woman, children. Many contain good reflective narratives as well as everyday life descriptions. Highly informative introduction details Japanese history and culture of the time.
Amik
May 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
A fascinating glimpse into the diaries of Japanese who lived during WWII amidst the carpet bombing of Tokyo and the atomic destruction of Nagasaki and Hiroshima. Kamikaze pilot diaries are particularly interesting as their perspectives shift as the direction of the war changes.
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