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Russian samurai fate

Russian samurai fateAir emperor of the imperial army of Japan, cavalier of the Order of the Golden Kite, fighter pilot Senior Lieutenant Yoshitiru Nakagawa survived World War II, but he does not live in Japan at all - in a remote Kalmyk village near Iki Burul. No, he is not hiding from anyone there and is not lurking ... It was just in these steppes that he found his last landing strip, his last airfield, and his fellow villagers know him as a former tractor mechanic, a simple rural retiree ...

And the local steppe is in fact an airfield, no — a space launching area, and a highway running straight from Elista to Iki Burul — so much like a runway. We are going to the village of Yuzhny, in which Yoshitiru Nakagawa lives, or the samurai uncle Sasha, as the locals call him.

When I learned that a former Japanese pilot-ace was being acquired in Kalmykia, I took it as a joke. But life is much more whimsical than any fantasy. And here is the truth of the fact about which the 94-year-old old man told ...

He comes from an acting family in Tokyo: nine sisters and two brothers. Yoshitiru was the eldest. When the Great Eastern Asian War began (the Second World War was called in Japan), Esiteru entered the flight school, but did not finish it - he was sent to the front. So I had to finish my studies in air battles over Burma, the Philippines, near Singapore.

He fought desperately - on his account 18 shot down American aircraft. 58 wins less than that of Richthofen of the East - Feldwebel Hiromichi Sinahara, but still enough to receive the Order of the Golden Kite and the title of "Tui" - the senior lieutenant.
For bravery, he was ranked as a samurai caste and was given a katana, a traditional samurai sword.

In 1945, Nakagawa was badly wounded - a fragment of an American anti-aircraft projectile damaged a hip joint. The senior lieutenant was unsuitable for flight work, and his commissioners. The red-enamel cross of the Shogund-zinsho “for the injury” was his last battle award. With him, he went to his parents, who lived in the city of Taiohara (now Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk). It was here that he found the end of the war. Soviet troops entered the city, and Yoshitiru Nakagawa was supposed to join the ranks of prisoners of war compatriots. But samurai do not surrender. Yoshitiru had a samurai tanto dagger, and he made himself a harakiri. The military doctor Oleg Terentyev sewed up his open stomach and saved an 25-year-old officer. Saved his life, but not a samurai honor. The Bushido Code of Honor does not recognize unsuccessful attempts to take a life. Tanto, a dagger for hara-kiri, and a surgeon's scalpel reshaped the fate of the ace. And for Yoshitir, a new life began - Russian.

Almost eight years of Siberian camps: Khabarovsk, Tomsk, Novosibirsk, Kansk ...

My aunt Tamara Ivanovna Krylova, an agronomist, worked in those days in the Far East and dealt with Japanese prisoners of war. In her book “The Leaflets of Fate” she told:

“From their camp they went to work in a military way, in order, with a platoon and always with the same song. It was Lebedev-Kumach's “Moscow May” song, or rather, not the whole song, only one verse and chorus. It used to happen that the columns could not be seen on the road in the taiga, and in the morning fresh air one could hear far away: “My country, my Moscow, you are the most beloved!”.

They did not sing it all together, but in platoons. The first platoon will sing half the verse, then the second platoon sings these words, the third ute, then the first platoon again sings the second half of the verse, followed by the second platoon the same half, then the third, and so on. And these words were enough for them for a long time, because they repeated in parts, alternately and repeatedly.

I don’t know if they knew the meaning of the words, but under the cheerful cheerful motive it was more fun to march along, and they loved this song very much.

Discipline they had the strictest, but they obeyed only their commanders. It was useless for an ordinary soldier to explain something or make a comment — he would ignore everything, you are an empty place for him. He pops out, for example, beets, and leaves a weed. No matter how you show him what to do on the contrary, he will continue to do it in his own way. But only the boss will make a remark to him - he immediately begins to do it right, redoes the whole series from the beginning and never again makes a mistake.

However, they worked mostly in good faith. Competed among themselves. A red pennant was put on the field ahead - who will reach the finish first. Weed very quickly, with two hands.

It was necessary to pick cucumbers on the field. I did not dare to put one of my own - they would trample more. The Japanese are working carefully and barefoot. She explained to VK which cucumbers to collect, in which container, and went to another field. I come back to dinner and I see that everyone is sitting and having lunch, and one soldier stands at attention. I ask why the soldier does not eat lunch.

- And he eat a cucumber, eat.

That is, when collected, I ate one cucumber, and for this he was deprived of dinner and set to stand when everyone sat and had dinner. So, they have collected so far, have not eaten a single cucumber? This was astounding by our standards. I say: here's a box of cucumbers for you, eat it. They smiled, pleased. "Now you can eat, eat."

Yoshitiru Nakagawa fell on a logging site, poured pine trees, larch trees in the taiga ... In winter, in Siberian frosts, hellish work. Even now he tries not to remember the eight years he spent in the camp barracks.

- To the left lies - dies. Right neighbor is - also dying. Only lips moving "I want to eat."

And he survived. Maybe the young body sduzhil, maybe after the hara-kiri wanted to live with a vengeance ...

In the 1953 year he was allowed to leave home, but by that time he fell in love with a Russian girl - Tanya Gorbachev.

Taiga novel under Kansk promised to give him a son. And he decided not to return to Japan. In addition, he was confronted with the shame of an unsuccessful hara-kiri, unacceptable for a real samurai.

Nakagawa took Soviet citizenship and married Tanya. Began to live in Uzbekistan, in the Khorezm region. Tanya, besides the son Leni, presented him with a daughter Galya. It was necessary to have a large family, and Nakagawa traveled through the boundless country, hiring for seasonal work. He knew how to fly and shoot down planes. But this skill remained on the other side of life. And the former pilot sat down at the tractor's levers. He mastered several working professions in the forest industry ... In the distant Dagestan, where the search for work was brought, he was saddened by the news of his wife’s premature death.

He returned home, gave the children for the upbringing of his wife’s relatives, and he himself went to work again. At the end of 60, he moved to Kalmykia and settled in the small village of Yuzhny, where he found a new life partner - a local widow of many children of the Kuban Cossack Love Zavgorodnaya, helped her raise her younger daughter Oksana, sons Alesha and Ignat. He worked as an inspector of the dam of the Chograi reservoir, fished, set up his own garden, got on well with his fellow villagers. They called him in his own way - Uncle Sasha.

But at home, in Japan, he was remembered and searched, although they knew that he had done hara-kiri. Mother did not believe in his death until the end of her life ...

He had two brothers and eight sisters, and they, through the international Red Cross, managed to make inquiries that the former Japanese officer Yoshitiru Nakagawa did not die in 1945, but lives in the deep Russian province. They appealed to the Japanese Embassy in Russia to conduct a DNA examination. And she confirmed the consanguinity of the Nakagawa sisters and brothers living in Hokkaido with a rural pensioner from the Kalmyk village of Yuzhnoye. And then his younger sisters Toyoku came to Elista and took her brother to Tokyo. Half a century later, he again appeared in the sky aboard an airplane, this time as a passenger. What was he thinking flying above the clouds? Did he recall his desperate air attacks, or revive the lines in his memory tank:

Smoke, floating and melting in the sky azure.

Smoke, floating and melting, -

Doesn't he look like me?

And still lived in the heart of anxiety: suddenly countrymen will be met with ridicule over his failed samurai feat? However, he was greeted as a national hero, ace pilot, holder of the highest military awards.

“I visited Hokkaido,” Yoshitiru says. - Native places since the war did not know. Visited with the sisters in Sapporo. I visited the town of Kibai with my younger brother Yosiu - he has his own restaurant there. Visited the grave of the mother, she died for 13 years before my return. It turned out that my mother did not believe in my death and waited for me patiently all these years. No wonder they say, maternal heart can not be fooled ... But my father died in the winter of 1945. I learned that my beloved son made himself hara-kiri, washed down his grief and froze in the Sakhalin snows.

No matter how good a guest, but Yoshitir, to the amazement of his relatives, gathered home in Kalmykia. He was persuaded for a long time, promised a personal military pension, a comfortable apartment in Sapporo, but he had already chosen his way long ago.

- Well, how could I leave my grandmother? After all, lived around 30 years. She was also called to Japan, but she flatly refused: where am I supposedly without my TV shows? And I almost forgot my native language, I had to express myself with gestures without an interpreter. And then there is very noisy and terrible cramping. We have - steppe expanses!

He is back. Now he was known in Kalmykia.

- President Kirsan Nikolaevich Ilyumzhinov gave me a home. - Yoshitir says with gratitude the name of the President of Kalmykia.

The house is not so hot, but still stone and with gas heating. Now you do not need to store firewood for the winter. True, water pipes are leaking. But this is an everyday matter ... In his considerable years, Nakagawa is not idle - caring for the garden, growing goslings. There is one chicken in the farm.

- Why only one? Where's the cock?

And then Esiteru told history about how the neighbor threw the half-dead chicken, and he picked it up and left. With a pipette, he gave medicine. A wonderful Crested Chicken has grown, which now gives a fresh egg every Sunday to its savior and master. A true friendship ensued between the gentleman of the Order of the Golden Kite and the chicken, which, of course, never gets into the broth.

“In the autumn of 2007, Esitira Nakagawa,” says Svetlana Gilyandikova, chairman of the Kalmyk-Japanese Friendship Society, “became the hero of the TV show“ Wait for Me. ” In the studio, he met with his son, Lenya, and his granddaughter Esen, who live in Bashkiria. Leonid is already 60, he has worked as a welder all his life, he retired long ago for his years of service, raised two daughters.

That meeting uncle Sasha turned her whole life. Despite his more than old age and poor health, he wants to live, to see Leonid, he has an incentive. The son has already come to visit his father, writes letters, often calls. By the way, they could have seen before. Long before the village administration (I then worked as the head of it), the editors of the “Let They Speak” TV program called and invited Nakagawa to take pictures. We gathered Uncle Sasha and Aunt Lyuba on the road, bought them exit clothes and tickets to Moscow, but they at the last moment refused to go. Persuaded them all village - it is useless.

Like any normal person, Yesitiru Nakagawa is not happy with such heightened public interest in his person. He is not going to flaunt his life, however unusual it may be.

He has long gone from the bustle of everyday life, although people do not leave him alone. Guests come to him - not invited - from different places. Gifts are brought, one Muscovite handed him a samurai sword that hangs on the carpet. TV reporters came, made a film about him, brazenly forcing the old man to bare his stomach and show the monstrous scars from hara-kiri. For them, the Japanese pilot was a living sensation and nothing more.

... Yes, during the Second World War, Esitiru fought on the side of the Axis countries, shot down American aircraft. But how could he blame him when, five years after the end of the war, the Soviet aces, led by the legendary pilot Ivan Kozhedub, were shot down in Korea with the same B-29 as Senior Lieutenant Nakagawa? And at that time he was piling Siberian pines in a camp padded jacket ... How bizarre and ephemeral are the grimaces of politics.

In Burma, he saw cricket fights and rode elephants. He saw Emperor Hirohito. I saw the trunks of pine trees burst on 50-degree frost ... He saw a lot in his nearly 100-year life.

There is an impenetrable mask on his face, it reads clearly on her: I do not regret, call, or cry. Everything went, except for white apple smoke. The apple trees in the Nakagawa garden, like the 94 of spring, are back in white smoke. And cherry blossoms.

- Sakura is blooming. - I say.

- Cherry. - corrects me Esitiru.

Aircraft flying over the South rarely, before, it happened, would prophet the corn-biplane motor from agricultural aviation. But storks often circle. And the old pilot is closely watching their flight. Does he remember his “nakadimo”, the fighter, on which he threw himself into air attacks?

I ask:

“Esiteru-san, could you lift the plane to the sky today?”

- Not. Now the buttons are different.

- And if it was the plane on which you flew?

The old man grinned:

“Then I could ...” And he added. - The earth is different, and the sky is the same everywhere.

And how can you not remember the lines of Ishikawa Takuboku, written by him seven years before the birth of the future ace:

Homeland sky

How far are you!

I got up alone

On the high roof,

And sadly went down.
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  1. Samaritan
    Samaritan 21 May 2014 08: 31
    The fate of man ... Harakiri, camps ... - And he added. - The earth is different, and the sky is the same everywhere, a strong man!
    1. Alexander Petrovich
      Alexander Petrovich 21 May 2014 08: 46
      Quote: Samaritan
      The earth is different, and the sky is the same everywhere, a strong man

      very beautifully said.
    2. 225chay
      225chay 21 May 2014 09: 44
      Quote: Samaritan
      The earth is different, and the sky is the same everywhere, a strong man!

      He shot down American B-29s ..
      Yes, this is OUR real Hero!
      1. Vyalik
        Vyalik 21 May 2014 13: 22
        Quote: 225chay
        Sakura is blooming. - I say.

        - Cherry. - corrects me Esitiru.

        A man accepted RUSSIA as his MOTHERLAND, which means he became RUSSIAN.
        1. ArhipenkoAndrey
          ArhipenkoAndrey 21 May 2014 14: 17
          And in Novosibirsk, I saw my grandfather, he was German, at 43 he was captured and his family left, he went to Germany, and he went and returned, says changed, all the strangers became, although his sister lives there, he just became Russian.
          1. fennekRUS
            fennekRUS 21 May 2014 15: 15
            And Russia remelted many and made Russians. Our country is such, people are like that. We want to stay not only for a full belly.
            1. shaman-25rus
              shaman-25rus 21 May 2014 17: 17
              in all ages, at all times, the captured enemies did not want to leave Russia. and even, initially, the mercenaries, so "channel" that they died for the glory of Russia.
            2. se-ma
              se-ma 21 May 2014 20: 02
              It’s hard to live in Russia, but it’s easier to breathe.
          2. Val_y
            Val_y 21 May 2014 18: 18
            Mdaaaa, as Count Kaleostro said, "A long stay in Russia can greatly affect the minds and souls" wink
        2. shaman-25rus
          shaman-25rus 21 May 2014 17: 15
          I agree. Russian is not quite a nationality, but rather a state of mind.
        3. Akulina
          Akulina 21 May 2014 17: 55
          No wonder the word RUSSIAN is an adjective, as some special property of human nature. As a seal of involvement in the great culture and essence of the earth, called Russia.
        4. uyrii67
          uyrii67 25 May 2014 01: 03
          RUSSIAN is not a nationality !!! This, and hell knows how to explain.
  2. Varang42
    Varang42 21 May 2014 08: 33
    yes ... time equalizes everyone ... and enemies and fools
  3. Zhaman-Urus
    Zhaman-Urus 21 May 2014 08: 37
    "Yes, there were people in our time, not like the current tribe ... Heroes are not you!"
  4. Cnukep
    Cnukep 21 May 2014 09: 18
    What opponents did our grandfathers and great-grandfathers have! Especially when compared with the current from Europe, the United States and Japan. The more valuable is the great victory and feat of our people !!!
  5. Richard
    Richard 21 May 2014 09: 18
    Russian is a state of mind ...
  6. wiktoor
    wiktoor 21 May 2014 09: 26
    Powerful old man.
    That is, that is, I have only one feeling for him - RESPECT.
  7. Ivan Tucha
    Ivan Tucha 21 May 2014 09: 31
    Here is fate ...
  8. zadorin1974
    zadorin1974 21 May 2014 09: 35
    Strong people always respected the strong. With respect to Russian prisoners, the Japanese always behaved with respect - when they executed prisoners for violations they buried them with military honors. The Americans simply despised, mocked them like cattle. They could not understand how to lay down a wounded warrior weapons - for the Japanese it’s a shame.
    1. Good cat
      Good cat 21 May 2014 10: 27
      But what about Isiro? Detachment 707 in my opinion?
      1. zadorin1974
        zadorin1974 21 May 2014 12: 27
        At the expense of 707, this is not a punitive detachment of direct assignment, it is, in principle, a special laboratory unit. For all that, all the scumbags-parallel "Right Sector" were collected there. At the same time, at the expense of comparison, you can take only the Russian-Japanese war of 1904, then captured a really large number of Russian soldiers and officers. By the way, officers were generally asked to go home on parole to the GREAT HONOR OF THE OFFICER CORPS
      2. Albert1988
        Albert1988 21 May 2014 15: 34
        Quote: Good cat
        Detachment 707 in my opinion

        Correct a little - detachment 731 wink
  9. Kuvabatake
    Kuvabatake 21 May 2014 09: 48
    Life gives such stories, you can’t imagine with your head.
    1. Order
      Order 21 May 2014 13: 27
      And life, as a rule, always turns out to be brighter, more exciting and more truthful than the attempts of artisans from literature and cinema, sucked out of the finger. And this example is not a ready-made script for the film adaptation. Au scriptwriters and directors do not pass by, such a topic, where there are all "rembas" and hateful "cops", apply your talent, just don't screw it up.
  10. Dejavu
    Dejavu 21 May 2014 09: 52
    Thanks, like it so much.
  11. goose
    goose 21 May 2014 10: 09
    Quote: dejavu
    The fate of man ... Harakiri, camps ... - And he added. - The earth is different, and the sky is the same everywhere, a strong man!

    I recall the story of a kamikaze who accidentally survived the war, and then subsequently fell under both atomic bombings in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, received radiation, burns, but survived, and lived happily ever after.
    1. igordok
      igordok 21 May 2014 20: 55
      He was sent to Nagasaki for treatment after being wounded in Hiroshima. Fate
      1. pilot8878
        pilot8878 22 May 2014 00: 23
        And more about this fate? You can in PM ...
        1. igordok
          igordok 22 May 2014 18: 14
          Quote: pilot8878
          And more about this fate? You can in PM ...

          I watched the dock. film. I don’t remember the name.
          Information at
          An extraordinary story occurred with the Japanese Tsutomu Yamaguchi, who survived both bombings. In the summer of 1945, the young engineer Tsutomu Yamaguchi, who worked for Mitsubishi, went on a business trip to Hiroshima. When the Americans dropped an atomic bomb on the city, it was only 3 kilometers from the epicenter of the explosion.

          The blast wave of Tsutomu Yamaguchi echoed the eardrums, the incredibly bright white light blinded him for a while. He received severe burns, however, he still survived. Yamaguchi reached the station, found his wounded colleagues and went home with them to Nagasaki, where he was the victim of a second bombing.

          Frame Yoshida
  12. ando_bor
    ando_bor 21 May 2014 10: 31
    There are interesting "Notes of a Japanese POW" with "funny pictures" on the Internet
    He was interested in this question, and as far as I understood, prisoners of war did not have an official opportunity to stay in the Soviet Union, the Japanese were able, encrypted as Asians, he was not the only one left in the Union, there were the same people among the Germans, but he met only one unproven case - the Chechens were deported , became a mullah.
    1. ando_bor
      ando_bor 21 May 2014 15: 29
      By the way, in Slavyansk the Japanese "artist"
  13. vostok1982
    vostok1982 21 May 2014 11: 04
    I don’t feel any negative emotions towards this Japanese. And this is despite the fact that my grandfather, after being drafted in 1945, found war in the Far East. But Bender - I hate it.
    1. Vyalik
      Vyalik 21 May 2014 13: 34
      My father went through three years of war, he did not like to talk about it. But sometimes I managed to get him to talk, I was most struck by the answer to the question "Did you hate the Germans?" He replied "No, it was not." On the other side of the trenches, there were soldiers like us.
      1. biznaw
        biznaw 21 May 2014 17: 56
        Your father was lucky, he did not come across German nonhumans ...
        And my grandfather was not lucky ... They did not take the Germans prisoner and the command turned a blind eye to this.
        The German unit, being surrounded, set up an ambush. Our fighters got into it. Common story ... war. But ... The Germans shot the legs of our soldiers with a machine gun from an ambush and then calmly smashed each head with rifle butts.
        After that, grandfather and other fighters didn’t care whether those Germans or not, they all became a non-human being to be destroyed. By the way, up to this case, the part passed Stalingrad.
  14. deputy ___ watered
    deputy ___ watered 21 May 2014 11: 30
    With sincere respect for the Man of amazing fate!
  15. mira.36
    mira.36 21 May 2014 11: 31
    What metamorphoses only do not happen in our life. So everything is intertwined and confused. Even our life is not enough for us to unravel everything that our parents had. The article hurt before tears. Thank you.
  16. Weniamin
    Weniamin 21 May 2014 12: 01
    Having learned Russian, I forgot my native Japanese. What is it? The power of the Russian language or something else?
    1. adept666
      adept666 21 May 2014 21: 07
      This is psychology ...
    2. pilot8878
      pilot8878 22 May 2014 00: 25
      Lack of practice.
  17. Alf
    Alf 21 May 2014 12: 05
    the Americans expected that without the USSR entering the war, they would fight with the Japanese until 1946. Most likely, probably longer, given the Japanese, such as the hero of the article.
    1. alleksSalut4507
      alleksSalut4507 26 May 2014 13: 51
      if the USSR supplied resources (fuel materials), the Country of the Rising Sun could be defeated.
  18. Hort
    Hort 21 May 2014 12: 12
    nda .. And I would offer him after a year or two at the camp (for prevention), or even instead, enlist in the Soviet Air Force and fight in Korea. Well, if I wanted to, of course
  19. ibragim
    ibragim 21 May 2014 13: 13
    I know Uncle Sasha personally. An excellent person, an avid fisherman, but does not like to talk about war.
    1. Hort
      Hort 21 May 2014 14: 49
      all who fought do not like to talk about war
  20. Kushadasov
    Kushadasov 21 May 2014 13: 25
    Great story. Hooked. Thanks to the author Nikolai Cherkashin.
  21. Monster_Fat
    Monster_Fat 21 May 2014 14: 12
    The Japanese are strange people. They have their own view of everything, absolutely everything. Do not just be touched by them, do not. The Japanese have their own way, and the fact that he chose Russia does not mean anything good for him, on the contrary, it greatly humiliates him, in the eyes of his compatriots, especially the military, but .... you don’t understand this. Also, do not understand the insult that was inflicted on him by presenting a "samurai" sword (if it is not a real one, but a cheap craft, which is most likely). Recently released the last masterpiece of the classic anime Hayao Miyazaki "The Wind Rises" - just about the designer of military aircraft during the Second World War ... It is clear that this film, naively nominated for an Oscar did not have a single chance to get it and instead received an Oscar in In the genre of animation, the pathetic American artifact "Frozen" ... As the late academician Aleksandrov said: "The era of heroes is over ... the time has come for the bourgeoisie and the villains ...." Alas.
    1. biznaw
      biznaw 21 May 2014 18: 01
      I agree about strange people, on the one hand, lovers of nature and poetry, on the other, ruthless maniacs fiends of nonhumans. Bandera compared with him a miserable punks.
    2. Hort
      Hort 22 May 2014 10: 38
      here rather than tenderness, but respect for the military spirit. A worthy enemy.

      I agree about the sword and the rest
  22. Free wind
    Free wind 21 May 2014 14: 57
    Storks in Kalmykia? Somehow I did not meet, they are there. But the brother, the emperor Hirohito, I do not remember his name, personally oversaw the activities of Detachment 707, he also was repeatedly present during experiments on people, and in some experiments, he personally took part. Of particular interest to Yap were Russian prisoners. Especially the ability of Russians to endure frosts, Russians were frozen to death, as well as the ability of Russians to endure diseases. The Yapes were very interested in the removal of the internal organs of the Russians, when the Chinese had long died, the Russians remained conscious. all results were transferred to the brother of the emperor. Well, the brother is directly to the emperor. Generally garoic people these are your yapi.
    1. Starshina wmf
      Starshina wmf 21 May 2014 19: 09
      There are storks in Kalmykia. but not everywhere. Uncle Sasha lives closer to Manych there and there are storks.
    2. Hort
      Hort 22 May 2014 10: 34
      if my memory serves me right, there were either three or five Russian prisoners in Detachment 707 ... They mostly mocked the Chinese ...
  23. Evgen77
    Evgen77 21 May 2014 15: 03
    Here we have Russia. To someone she becomes a mother, and to someone .....
    Okay. To each his own, as they say.
  24. A40263S
    A40263S 21 May 2014 16: 33
    a good example for our younger generation, and for us with this fuss - vanities, not to be a consumer. thanks for the story. May God give more to our country strong Russian people!
  25. propolsky
    propolsky 21 May 2014 17: 03
    The difficult fate of a strong-willed person ... You will not envy ...
  26. Watson J.
    Watson J. 21 May 2014 18: 23
    Touching, damn it, to tears. It is also surprising that about the Japanese. For them, the rest of the world is like an alien environment, only Japan is home. Once upon a time, a young Japanese man lived in my house in Riga, lived for about a year. And when we put him on a train to Moscow (and then by plane home), he suddenly burst into tears at the station, like a child. When asked "what happened" he simply surprised with the answer. He says he never in his life could even imagine that somewhere could be better than at home in Japan. We are Russians, power! :) Even samurai are reforged with kindness.
  27. Klibanophoros
    Klibanophoros 21 May 2014 20: 29
    What else surprises me in this story, namely, why are Russian women so eager to enter into relations with men of nations who until recently were enemies? Anyway, disgusting xenophilia is characteristic of Russian women.
    1. fennekRUS
      fennekRUS 22 May 2014 14: 37
      women think of something else ... especially after the war, when for one more or less fit man there were several women
  28. staryivoin
    staryivoin 21 May 2014 20: 45
    Quote: Samaritan
    The fate of man ... Harakiri, camps ... - And he added. - The earth is different, and the sky is the same everywhere, a strong man!

    This is not the fate of man, this is the way of a warrior! Yoshitiru himself wrote his fate. Decent Choice

    “I, Nakagawa Sadao, a former officer, a kamikaze pilot of the Japanese army. From 1941 of the year he fought in the Philippines against the United States, from January 1945 of the year against the Soviet Union in Sakhalin, shot down 18 of enemy aircraft, was awarded state awards of Japan. In August 1945 was captured by Soviet soldiers, released in 1949. After his release, he remained to live in the Soviet Union. I am 85 years old, in Japan I have not been more than 60 years old. I do not consider myself to be “heroes” in the military sense of the word. But to withstand years of inhuman trials behind barbed wire in Soviet prison camps, to preserve human dignity and loyalty to the motherland - even to me, a surviving kamikaze pilot, seems to be the limit of the possible ... "
    And he overcame this limit.
    Glory to all true warriors who did not refuse the oath !!!
  29. edelweiss1943
    edelweiss1943 21 May 2014 21: 45
    wonderful story)
  30. corporal
    corporal 22 May 2014 08: 21
    A man more than worthy to set him as an example of youth. So much to survive ...
  31. Anat1974
    Anat1974 22 May 2014 20: 51
    I personally knew him. About 10-12 years ago, they worked at the Chograisk reservoir on the border of Stavropol and R. Kalmykia, where he was a caretaker. All of the above is true. And he is a very decent and interesting person. All his free time he fished, if asked, he gave us. True, he didn’t speak Russian very well. Everything is fair, therefore article +.
  32. Apologet insane
    Apologet insane 23 May 2014 11: 34
    Interestingly, would the German or Finnish heroes of that war be able to accept the story so sincerely here?
    1. fennekRUS
      fennekRUS 23 June 2014 22: 42
      But there were normal Germans, and not all Finns in the winter war were naughty. Judge a man by his deeds — a truth known long before the Bible. Are you still nation hate it?
      I can’t do it now. Probably because I often worked with people from different countries.
  33. fan1945
    fan1945 29 July 2014 10: 28
    Quote: zadorin1974

    However, I had to read that they despised those who had surrendered. And the officers, or Samurai,
    and strove to open his stomach.
    It seems to me that an incredible heresy has now arisen regarding PLEAS.
    it’s a shame in any army. However, they differ: - Surrender and TAKE prisoner. They could take it unconscious. Helpless wounded. The enemy reconnaissance twisted. And many other situations when force majeure against you ...
    And to give up ... Rozhdestvensky, Nebogatov and most importantly, officers with them ... Nobody
    shot himself from shame. And it went ... In the First World War 3 million Russian prisoners. In WWII -
    5,5 million Russian prisoners ....