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Tetsuki, The Kamikaze

Updated on May 29, 2017
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Manatita is an esteemed author living in London, UK. He writes spiritual books, flash fiction and esoteric poetry, his favourite genre.

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Tetsuki Seki was born and brought up a pious man and a courageous, but very noble soul indeed. His parents were devoted to the Emperor, but in a strange way had very visionary aspirations for their youngest son.

However, this was not to be, and the call came in 1944, when Tetsuki was just 24 and completing his final year at an Academy for training pilots. As requested by the Emperor. Tetsuki joined the Special Attack Unit, and was assignment to fight against Allied vessels on suicide attacks. This was in the closing stages of the Pacific Campaign of World War 2, designed to destroy enemy ships more effectively, than was possible with conventional attacks.

Tetsuki was given an aircraft, purpose-built explosive missiles, and was ordered to attempt to crash his aircraft into enemy ships in a "body attack." His plane was laden with bombs, torpedoes, full fuel tanks and explosives. He was chosen for his accuracy, as this was much better than a conventional attack, and could sustain damage which would disable a conventional attacker and still achieve its objective.

The goal of crippling or destroying large numbers of Allied ships, particularly aircraft carriers, was considered by the Emperor to be crucial and as such a just reason for sacrificing pilots and their aircrafts.

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In October, 1944, Tetsuki knew that they had suffered several critical military defeats. They were also losing pilots faster than the time taken to train their replacements. But his country was unwilling to surrender, and so this led to the use of kamikaze tactics (aerial and non-aerial suicide strikes) as Allied forces advanced towards their homelands.

Tetsuki was devout but courageous, as well as a patriot to his country, and so he found himself caught up in the tradition of death instead of defeat, capture, and perceived shame. This was one of the primary traditions, that he saw deeply entrenched in the military culture; in the samuri and the Bushido code: loyalty and honour until death.

If Tetsuki knew what he was fighting for, he did not show it. He began to prepare himself mentally and psychologically for his demise. Perhaps by sinking a large enemy vessel, he thought, his death would pay the debt his parents owed and show the love they had for their families, friends, and Emperor.

He believed in the nobility of spirit; that it would keep the homeland from ruin. It was in this cause, that he became extraordinarily blissful, and ready to offer his life, such as he never would again.

Nose-diving from a perilous height, Tetsuki offered up his Soul to the Tao, prayed for those alive and shouted ‘victory’ to the Empire, as he plunged the aircraft into the enemy ships below.

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Approximately 2,800 Kamikaze attackers sank 34 Navy ships, damaged 368 others, killed 4,900 sailors, and wounded over 4,800. Despite radar detection and cuing, airborne interception, attrition, and massive anti-aircraft barrages, 14 percent of Kamikazes survived to score a hit on a ship; nearly 8.5 percent of all ships hit by Kamikazes sank. - Manatita, 27th May, 2017.

Note: This is a wikipedia account that I have turned into a story with no other motive in mind. While I'd love your comments, be kind to all my readers here, if you can. Just say your thoughts on the Hub. Gratitude ...

Source: Wikipedia.org.

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      manatita44 6 months ago from london

      Thank you, Lori.

      I appreciate your sincere input here. Much Love.

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      Lori Colbo 6 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      I'm late getting to this, but I agree with most of your commenters. On memorial day especially it was not cool. Yes, Kamikaze men were brave but they should not be glorified as you have done here for all the reasons people have mentioned below. I know you have a good heart though. See you soon under better circumstances.

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      manatita44 6 months ago from london

      Thanks Gypsy.

      Yes. It was fascinating looking at their lives and to see what made them tick. Loving thoughts.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 6 months ago from Riga, Latvia

      Most interesting and fascinating story of the Kamikaze.

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      manatita44 6 months ago from london

      Thanks Paula.

      That I have come to appreciate, of course.

      I see here a short story of a kamikaze pilot, told as I understand it. I have here poems and prose of the bravery of American pilots ...and the pioneering spirit and beauty of the American Soul. They're all here in my Hubs.

      I am a creative writer, playing a role as best I can -with honour and integrity, of course.

      So happy that you came and thanks for your thoughtful contribution.

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      Paula 6 months ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Manatita, Looks like you made a poor choice, although I realize you didn't intentionally post this to offend anyone. Try to understand that the vast majority do not comprehend when you speak of being "away from this world" & "cannot & will not support personal things." You are a smart man so you must know these are unfamiliar concepts to most people.

      I apologize for not being able to understand your way of life, but I have to be fair to you, as well as honest. The truth keeps it real. Americans especially will take serious offense here and there's no way around it. Sorry Manatita.

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      manatita44 6 months ago from london

      Thanks Bro.

      Who knows why I wrote that one? I only know for sure that I wanted to write a story or Flash like I do from time to time and the word 'kamikaze' came up. I learnt about the Memorial Day afterwards.

      Yes, I took everything from Wikipedia and from that I created a story reflecting the things they said.

      It has re-inforced what I know about us humans ... how much Love we need ... how we consciously or unconsciously reject it ... our fears ... the need for larger Hearts ... forgiveness ...

      Thank you for your views. I wrote in support of Eric's Hub and another done by someone else. Can't remember. Until. Loving thoughts.

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      John Hansen 6 months ago from Queensland Australia

      This was an interesting hub and quite a brave one to write inadvertently being published at the time of US Memoirial Day. I see it has already caused some angst. I can respect the bravery of the kamikaze pilots in sacrificing themselves and following orders, but not the cruelty displayed by the Japanese forces especially to those allied servicemen who were placed in prison camps and the like. It is a sensitive issue also now with all the suicide bombings occurring around the world.

      I had an uncle killed by a Japanese air attack in Darwin around the same time as Pearl Harbour. I have hosted Japanese home stay students who when reading about WWII apologise profusely on behalf of their country and how ashamed they are of what was done. I know you are a man of peace so maybe this was not a wise choice for a hub. Your quoted stats say 8.5 % of ships hit by kamikazes sank. If that is correct it was not very successful. Peace bro.

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      manatita44 6 months ago from london

      I hear you, Ruby.

      I hear you. Thanks for the contribution. Hope your weekend is great! How's life otherwise?

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 6 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Since Japan started the war by bombing Hawaii, I feel no honor should be awarded to them in any way. If it were not for our fighting force we would be speaking Japanese now. They wanted to rule the world.

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      manatita44 6 months ago from london

      Guys, I'm really a man of Peace ... of Love. I do not need defending and again I write only out of Love. I do not know and do not wish to know these things, but only the things that help the Heart ... the psychic Heart. I have gone away from this world and frankly, I do not even stay long on Q's and A's where your answer belongs.

      Speak of the Hub. I cannot and will not support personal things. Not my way. So Elijah I thank you for your contribution. We are all His and He knows our Hearts. Loving thoughts.

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      Elijah A Alexander Jr 6 months ago from Washington DC

      Eric, do you know European War 2 got the U.S. involved because the U.S. wanted to aid Mother England and moved the Pacific Fleet Headquarters to Hawaii so the Kamikaze could reach it? Check history.

      The U.S. President felt if the Japan, a German sympathizer, were to attack the US congress would declare war because European War 1 had used falsifying info to Germany of the cruse ship loaded with weapons for England so he needed another means. That was to prove the US a superior warring nation than Japan who had never lost a war and had used many failed attacks of the US's mainland so the president moved the fleet to Pearl Harbor. A few days before it happened the Commander saw the ships looking like "sitting ducks" and ordered them to disburse but the Pentagon ordered their return and all but one radar system was shut off so when he who detected them coming reported it it was dismissed.

      So, do you believe the US is a free nation or a liberty nation? I say liberty, one that treasonously using the people of their nation to enrich munition manufacturing corporations, Bankers and Wall Street with the cost of many unsuspecting lives.

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      manatita44 6 months ago from london

      Thanks Bill.

      Sometimes, I'm not conscious of what goes on around me, so those who are upset do have a point.

      This story was in my head for three days and its only up because I fell sick and could not go to Bristol. So I'm here. Now I hear of Memorial Day. A funny sort of coincidence.

      Your answer reminds me of the emcee's response to the girl who said that she did not like my poems. She said that they were crazy, hallucinatory, dreamy ... so he said out loud, that he thought I was the only sane one there.

      I find that people bleed everywhere, share the same aspirations for family, peace, courage, joy ...we really are not so different. But to see this, the Heart is needed. The Heart .... the Heart ...not the division-mind.

      You're a good man Bill. A very honest response. That's all I ask. Thank you so much!!

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      Bill Holland 6 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I'll tell you what, my friend: it took courage and fervor to do what they did, and I'm pretty sure I would not be able to do it. For that reason I have respect for them and their actions.....a very interesting article, this one....makes one think, and that is never a bad thing.

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      manatita44 6 months ago from london

      Thanks Eric.

      I now see the sensitivities here. Truth be told, I learnt of Memorial Day first from you and then someone else who also wrote a story. So my answer is as above to Michael. I'm not good at dates and my story was written long ago without any connection.

      I took some details from Wikipedia and wrote a story. As simple as that. Mines continues to be the way of the Heart ... of Love. But I can now see the rationale for not wanting this. Mine is a non-related story that just happens to come at this time.

      My very best to you and family.

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      Eric Dierker 6 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Sorry Bro. Hateful killing machines against freedom and for an Emperor have no honor. I do not see your thought here. These were pigs and hateful humans who only wanted to kill but not seek freedom that you now enjoy. You are way off the mark. I am saddened by your desire to foment hate. The desire of Japenese to hate and kill is now accepted as wrong in Japan. Yet you glorify those that killed my people. Pearl Harbor means nothing to you?

      No Manatita you need to retract or join the Axis of killing Jews and Chinese by the millions.

      Your artistic endeavor here soils us Americans that kept your England free. There is no honor in killing oneself as a fancy suicide bomber of those who honor your freedom to write as you please.

      I am ashamed. Tetsuki was a terrorist. He was a suicide bomber of my grandfathers brothers in arms fighting for freedom.

      Manatita their is no honor to fight and kill for less than freedom.

      You are wrong and need to retract this on our US memorial day remembering those you those who died to give you the right to write.

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      manatita44 6 months ago from london

      Not my forte Bro.

      I came into this world to live and to encourage a oneness life; a life of the Spirit; of universality. I hope that my story isn't trying to say otherwise. Look closely at the themes of my 400 plus Hubs.

      Your observation of my story's ending is commendable. I extol life ... the virtues of a oneness-world ... of a Creator ... of a creation manifesting within itself the same one Truth --The Absolute Supreme.

      Good to see you, Michael. Thank you and welcome here.

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      Michael Collins 6 months ago from Lakemore, Ohio

      An interesting take on the kamikaze with some great visuals in the story. I like how you left his success unclear.

      Being in a country that idealized patriotic themes it's interesting to think of an enemy's actions as being patriotic. Would you consider the modern suicide bomber the same as a Kamikaze?