Monday 13 June 2016

Kaiten in the mountain

At the end of WWII, Japanese navy developed suicide human torpedo called “Kaiten”. Most of the attacks failed but some of them had succeeded. We can see the original ones at Japanese Annapolis named Edajima in Hiroshima Bay and War Museum at Yasukuni Shrine in Tokyo.

This Kaiten was initiated by young Lieutenant Nishina. He was not only an idea man but a practical executor who died in 1944. Mr.Nishina was from Saku, Nagano Prefecture.

This week I found his memorial monument by accidentally in the old temple which was founded in 16th century. It was an era when Henry VIII started to marry with first wife Catherine. Local hero is sleeping in traditional temple. Seeing the black torpedo in the mountain made me calm my heart.    

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