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How samurai kamikaze settled in the Russian outback

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How samurai kamikaze settled in the Russian outback



A real Japanese samurai kamikaze lives in Kalmykia. 96-year-old Esiteru Nakagawa fought in World War II against the United States and the USSR. Once captured, Esiteru made himself a harakiri, but survived thanks to a Soviet surgeon. Now the samurai is a fan of Russian athletes, celebrates Victory Day and warns against war with Russia.

In the small village of the Southern 96-year-old Uncle Sasha, lost among the boundless Kalmyk steppes, everyone knows, although few of his fellow villagers can say his real name. In fact, Uncle Sasha is called Esiteru Nakagawa. He is perhaps the only Japanese samurai living in Russia. And not just a samurai. Esiteru was a kamikaze pilot who fought in World War II against the Americans and the USSR. And after he was shot down in a dogfight and captured, Esiteru, following the traditions of the samurai, made himself a harakiri and ... survived thanks to the art of the Soviet surgeon.

We met Uncle Sasha - Esiteru on a well-kept vegetable garden. Despite his venerable age, he is still busy with the beds, deftly wielding choppers. Camouflage padded jacket, old shabby caps, rubber boots ... And yet there is in it something from a leisurely hardworking Japanese in the rice field. Although Esiteru more manifested itself in the fields of war. Greeting the guests with a bow and folded hands on her chest, Esiteru invites you into the house and begins the story.

Volunteer

Shel 1941 year, Japan fought with the Americans for the Philippine Islands. The country needed human resources, a powerful propaganda machine was working. Esiteru went to war as a volunteer for the company. It was impossible not to go, as he explains.

“Volunteers were gathered all over Japan.” All my friends and acquaintances left to fight, so I decided not to lag behind. It was a shame to sit, it was unworthy, says Esiteru.

The family did not mind. Probably because the parents of Esiter had fourteen native and adopted children. After graduating from crash courses in a flight school and not even learning how to properly land a plane, Esiter went to Aviation

Despite the fact that many of the wisdom had to comprehend already in the sky, the young cadet soon became an experienced pilot: over fifty combat sorties on his Zero with red circles on its wings, Esiter managed to shoot down about two dozen American planes. And that's not counting the air attacks on US ships.

For combat successes Esiteru was awarded the rank of officer. But the situation at the front deteriorated. The Americans, using new weapons and aircraft carrier units, pressed the Japanese from the Philippines, and in 1945, the war began between Japan and the USSR. In order to somehow straighten the situation, the Land of the Rising Sun resorted to tactics unexpected for the enemy. The Japanese Air Force formed the so-called "special shock detachments" Divine Wind ", which subsequently received the simplified name" kamikazade ".

Esiteru was among those who signed up for suicide pilots. He recalls that, according to the orders of the command, the kamikaze who discovered the enemy’s ship at sea should not have returned alive until he drowned him. In the event that the supply of bombs ended, and the target remained afloat, the kamikaze had to send his plane with the last bomb to an enemy ship. But Esiter was not destined to die in a suicide attack: he was shot down in a dogfight. Apparently, the kamikaze ran into a more experienced Soviet ace.

- Bullets and shrapnel damaged the plane, hit the legs, - Esiter is terse: it seems unpleasant to talk about the defeat in battle of a samurai. The target for which the burning Zero could have been sent was not at the bottom, and the wounded pilot still managed to land the damaged aircraft in Japanese territory. This was Esiteru’s last sortie. The Japanese air force criminals were not needed, the surviving kamikaze was sent to serve on South Sakhalin, occupied by Japan. At that time, the border province of Karafuto was located there. But soon the Red Army beat off the island, and Esiter was captured.

“The Japanese betrayed me,” he sighs. - The village headman reported about me and led the Soviet soldiers.

For a samurai, captivity is considered a shame, which, according to ancient traditions, can be redeemed only with one’s own blood. Save the honor, to demonstrate the purity of thoughts and contempt for death Esiteru decided through the rite of seppuku, better known as hara-kiri. He even managed to get a knife and almost finish the job, but the prisoner was not allowed to die:

“The guard took a knife from me.” At that moment I could not resist and lost consciousness, and when I came to, I saw a seam on my stomach. Later I learned that I was saved by a military surgeon by the name of Terentyev. This is incredible!

After hara-kiri it is impossible to survive, but they nevertheless rescued me, - the samurai is still amazed.

After that incident, Esiter was left with a scar through his entire abdomen.

At first, the samurai was very worried that he could not die with dignity, and hoped to repeat the hara-kiri. To prevent this, even sharp objects were hidden from the captured Japanese. But over time, Esiteru calmed down.

The suicide rite did not bring death, but seemed to have cut the past.

- In the end, what I had to do, I did. And the fact that they saved me is not my fault, ”he says.

Just Sasha


Miraculously, the samurai who survived hara-kiri began to get used to a new life. In it, really, everything was new. In documents instead of 1919 year of birth, Esiter mistakenly indicated 1922. And the Korean translator even confused the name of the prisoner. As a result, Esiteru became Sadao, and later he was renamed Sasha at all.

It is curious that Esiter had good memories of the POW camps, logging sites, construction sites and road works.

“The prisoners were treated with respect, they even helped me learn Russian,” he smiles sparingly.

Esiteru did not want to return to his homeland. The fact that he survived the captivity, even if having made himself hara-kiri, could be perceived ambiguously in the Land of the Rising Sun. And fate seemed to support Esiter in this decision. When Japanese prisoners were released in 1949, an old wound gave unexpected complications. And not received after hara-kiri, which was sewn up by a military surgeon: problems arose with his legs shot through in air combat, in which fragments and fragments of bullets stuck. The inflammation has begun.

- I almost died in the hospital. He was very, very sick, - recalls that period to Esiter.

And again the Soviet doctor saved the Japanese, only this time it was a woman. She went out captive like a child. “My doctor”, Esiteru affectionately calls her. There was a feeling between the medic and the Japanese, who was no longer a prisoner. In gratitude for his salvation, Esiteru presented her only jewel — gold crowns — to the woman, and the question of leaving the USSR disappeared by itself. The former samurai became a citizen of the country against which he fought. Fascinated by the vast expanses of the new homeland, Esiteru began to discover it for himself.

- I traveled a lot, I worked a lot. He was in the Far East, in Siberia, in Uzbekistan, Dagestan, in the Stavropol Territory, he lists, bending his fingers. Laughing, laughing.

Such a passion for travel could not stand even the savior- "doctor". I had to leave. However, Esiteru soon found a new companion and married her. Born son and daughter. But the new family did not go after the samurai, when he continued on his way through the Union. In the end, after long wanderings, the Japanese attracted Kalmykia.

- I was well managed with a tractor and a bulldozer and I was invited here to build the Chohrai reservoir. The first thing I asked was fishing here. I really love this thing. I was promised that fishing would be good. They said: if I abandon the net, then I will not drag it - there are so many fish here. I came, I tried. Indeed, there were a lot of fish back then. And so it remained, - the samurai fisherman smiles slyly.

By the way, among the locals uncle Sasha is reputed to be the most successful fisherman. Learning from him is honored for honor and great luck.

When the construction of the reservoir was completed, Esiteru got married again and settled down to serve the dam. Moreover, once it was he who saved the dam from a breakthrough, and the surrounding villages from flooding: the Japanese were the first to discover a dangerous leak.

Another time a drunken company wandered into the dam. Three men began to behave disgracefully, climbed over the barrier in the control room. Uncle Sasha, who was then 67 years old, tried to call the intruders to order. The company got into a fight. But as it turned out, the wrong one was attacked. A samurai remains a samurai even in good age. The unwelcome guests did not expect that the puny grandfather would not be afraid to stand alone against the three and would use the techniques of martial arts.

“I hit one, threw another over my shoulder, and they fled,” says the samurai. - And why are you surprised? In Japan, boys are taught to fight from the fifth grade. And if you improve this skill all your life, you can achieve good results. But in general, martial arts can not be abused. They can only be used for self-defense. And then try as far as possible not to break the opponent's arms and legs.

By the way, Esiteru's favorite subject is still a present from friends - a souvenir samurai sword katana. Even without rising from his chair, he shows a few honed movements from kendo — a martial art with the saying “sword path”. It was involuntarily thought that in capable hands this souvenir craft would be weapons.

- Uncle Sasha, how did you manage to live to such years? - I'm interested. - Discover the secret of longevity and vigor. Do you do some secret samurai gymnastics?

- I do. In the garden, he jokes. - I plant, water, struggle with weeds, harvest. And I like it no less than fishing.

Then my interlocutor seriously, explains:

- A person should have a favorite thing. Only it holds life in us. People who do nothing and do not work die quickly. They simply have no reason to live.

On his grave


At the end of his life, Esiteru decided to visit Japan. The visit of the samurai-kamikaze, who was considered dead at home, made a lot of noise. Only with the help of DNA analysis was it possible to prove to the receiving party that Uncle Sasha from Russia is really Esiter Nakagawa.

“I met with relatives and high-ranking officials, drank sake with the Japanese minister, visited my own grave,” the samurai calmly and somehow detachedly tells.

During the visit, he even began to remember the forgotten language. Of course, I did not understand everything. But one word said by someone behind his back, he heard and understood. The word was not good: "traitor". Maybe it was not addressed to him, but after that Esiteru decided not to return to Japan, although he was invited to move there permanently.

- And indeed, Japan has become completely different. Already a foreign country. From what I knew and remembered, nothing was left. Now I’m more concerned with something else: I want, until I die, to find my son and daughter with whom I have lost contact, ”Esiteru admits.

- Tell me honestly, Uncle Sasha, which country do you still consider your homeland - Japan or Russia? - I ask.

The old samurai did not think long.

“The real homeland is not where the person was born, but where he wants to die.” I want to die here. I myself have become Russified. And my wife is Russian. And children too. Yes, my homeland is here now.

Esiteru, by the way, admitted that he had long been a fan of not Russian, but Russian athletes. And the Kamikaze Victory Day, who fought against the USSR, is already celebrating as its holiday and a holiday of its new homeland.

“A person does a lot of stupid things in life,” Esither says quietly. “And there have been a lot of nonsense in my life.” It is foolish that he did to himself harakiri, it is stupid that he fought against the USSR. And against Russia now it would be foolish to fight. I hope no one will ever do this.
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  1. Zhaman-Urus
    Zhaman-Urus April 19 2015 06: 59
    +44
    "- The real homeland is not where a person was born, but where he wants to die." the best definition I've heard!
    1. vodolaz
      vodolaz April 19 2015 08: 40
      +13
      A devotee, at one time, a man acquired another homeland. Generally a very touching article.
      1. Talgat
        Talgat April 19 2015 08: 50
        +18
        Notice when he became a normal person? In Japan, it was difficult to call him normal - when hara-kiri and sepuku were laid in his head

        But it was worth to settle with us - and a normal person.
        1. Hort
          Hort April 19 2015 08: 56
          +10
          In Japan, it was normal for him. They have a different attitude to life and death.
          1. Vend
            Vend April 19 2015 11: 01
            +6
            The spirit of Russia is great and strong, it broke the minds of all people from different nations who remained here. Great story. And what is most pleasing, thousands of Russified Germans fled to Germany in the 90's, and Yesiteru Nakagawa remained. This is a real person.
            1. Lyton
              Lyton April 19 2015 12: 08
              +14
              They didn’t become Germans because they moved to Germany, the mentality has changed, the Germans themselves consider them Russian, they behave like Russians, bumble and fight at discos, chase local guys, marry the same girls who came from Russia, t .e. they live their own village, some have not even mastered the language, and they don’t want to do it, somehow. And about this Japanese, the whole program was in a box, a legendary man.
              1. Throw
                Throw April 19 2015 17: 57
                +3
                OLD, EXPERIENCED KAMIKADZE! .. laughing
                1. s1н7т
                  s1н7т April 19 2015 20: 41
                  +4
                  Quote: Lance
                  EXPERIENCED KAMIKADZE!

                  Sounds funny, don’t you? laughing
              2. Vend
                Vend April 20 2015 11: 25
                +2
                Quote: Lyton
                They didn’t become Germans because they moved to Germany, the mentality has changed, the Germans themselves consider them Russian, they behave like Russians, bumble and fight at discos, chase local guys, marry the same girls who came from Russia, t .e. they live their own village, some have not even mastered the language, and they don’t want to do it, somehow. And about this Japanese, the whole program was in a box, a legendary man.

                The point is not whether they became Germans or not, the point is that when it was difficult, they fled from Russia, and Yesiteru Nakagawa remained and went all the hard way, to this day. To do this, you really need to love Russia.
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          2. Setrac
            Setrac April 19 2015 13: 20
            +1
            Quote: hort
            In Japan, it was normal for him. They have a different attitude to life and death.

            In densely populated countries, human life is not valued, C'est La Vie.
          3. rodevaan
            rodevaan April 21 2015 06: 52
            +1
            Quote: hort
            In Japan, it was normal for him. They have a different attitude to life and death.


            - In general, I would not say that. When I was there, I talked with them on this topic. They did not forget ANYTHING and they did not change anything. Yes, powerful Amer internal propaganda very much drank their brains, especially young people. But they do not forget their traditions. There are still very revered kamikaze who died in the war by ramming amer ships. There is worship of bushido, only it does not stick out, it is hidden inside. And believe me, they never abandoned the idea of ​​restoring the Empire. Even as a US colony, many hate Americans. And for some reason they do not cause negativity. I understand them. When I saw and listened, I remembered our feelings in the 90s.
        2. dmi.pris
          dmi.pris April 19 2015 13: 06
          +4
          German prisoners of war in the Yelabuga camp were defeated, they were treated by a doctor, a Jew. She lost her hand and loved ones in besieged Leningrad ... But she retained humanity and respect for the defeated enemy.
          Quote: Talgat
          Notice when he became a normal person? In Japan, it was difficult to call him normal - when hara-kiri and sepuku were laid in his head

          But it was worth to settle with us - and a normal person.
        3. vitaliy707
          vitaliy707 April 19 2015 23: 18
          +1
          Yes, suicide in Russia is a weakness of spirit.
  2. miv110
    miv110 April 19 2015 07: 14
    +8
    And where is the portrait of such a wonderful person? A flaw however!
    1. cyberspace
      cyberspace April 19 2015 08: 36
      +13


      A program about him, there was also a plot in "Wait for Me", his son was looking for him.

      The true homeland is not where the person was born, but where he wants to die. I want to die here.

      Born Japanese, wants to die Russian.
    2. thinker
      thinker April 19 2015 08: 50
      +25
      Here he is.
      It would be foolish to fight against Russia now. I hope no one will ever do this.
      yes
      1. sergey72
        sergey72 April 19 2015 09: 18
        +4
        I'll fall like a flower petal
        Become a target for bombs and shells
        And never come back.
        I turn around and see the majestic Fuji,
        May the Emperor be long centuries.
        1. Serg 122
          Serg 122 April 19 2015 09: 58
          +10
          Quote...
          Here he is.

          This is he too. Younger hi
      2. shershen
        shershen April 19 2015 21: 43
        0
        Powerful old man.
  3. Arktidianets
    Arktidianets April 19 2015 07: 15
    +9
    Life to live is not a field to go ... fate happens to throws a person
  4. Severok
    Severok April 19 2015 07: 18
    +18
    In the life history of this Japanese one characteristic feature of Russia is clearly drawn - the acceptance of all those who themselves come here accept Russia.
  5. Free wind
    Free wind April 19 2015 07: 26
    +2
    An interesting fate in humans. An adventurer by nature. Only now he was not a suicide bomber. They sent the kamikadze into the flight with a special ritual, and after that they had no right to return, and the possibilities too, on some aircraft, the chassis was fired after take-off so that the good would not disappear, and fuel was given only for the flight to the target, there was no question of returning it. Zero at that time was the best fighter in Japan, the most productive Japanese ace chopped up more than 50 American aircraft on it.
    1. saag
      saag April 19 2015 07: 49
      +4
      Quote: Free Wind
      on some aircraft, the landing gear was shot off after take-off

      well this is not such an insurmountable obstacle to land
  6. Sailor-a
    Sailor-a April 19 2015 07: 46
    +11
    It’s not uncommon in life that your former adversary is able to become a reliable and loyal friend. In Alma-Ata, after the Second World War, Japanese prisoners also worked and much that they have built still serves and will serve people for a long time. And this is in reproach to our modern developers using advanced technologies and materials.
    1. Zhaman-Urus
      Zhaman-Urus April 19 2015 09: 04
      +4
      At our place in Temirtau, houses built by the Japanese are still quoted on the secondary market above MZHKs built in the late 80's. My grandfather guarded the Japanese in camps, outside the city, and we still have the Gulf of Japan on the lake.
  7. Afinogen
    Afinogen April 19 2015 08: 06
    +8
    - And indeed, Japan has become completely different. Already a foreign country.


    Yes, they live there in Japan like bio robots, sleep food, work and all. He simply did not know anything else before, and when he did, he knew where it was better, where spiritual people live. laughing
  8. Free wind
    Free wind April 19 2015 08: 12
    +10
    I like one Japanese pilot, Sadaak Akamatsu. It’s not known how many exactly he knocked out, but more than 30, an alcoholic and a womanizer. often flew and knocked drunk into the trash. On February 16, 1945, during a raid on Tokyo, the pilot drove to the airfield in a car with prostitutes, with the help of them, the drunk pilot hardly climbed into the first Zero that came in, taking a bottle with him. Having flown up to intercept on the move shot down 2 American Halket. In the evening of the same day, never climbing out of the cab. he took off again and shot down two more. Alkahs see lucky and Japan. And Zero also had a flight range incredible at that time. almost 3000 km. Japanese pilots said that if the Messers could fly so far. then the Germans could smash the British. in the air battle for Britain
  9. rus174
    rus174 April 19 2015 08: 17
    +3
    God works in mysterious ways..
    In general, sincerely surprised
  10. KBR109
    KBR109 April 19 2015 08: 23
    +7
    Warrior, yes. According to the Soviet canons, "about two dozen shot down" is definitely the level of the GSS. soldier If personally, not in a group.
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    2. lukke
      lukke April 19 2015 10: 56
      +1
      Warrior, yes. According to Soviet canons, "about two dozen shot down" is definitely the level of the GSS. soldier If personally, not in a group
      the Yankees are certainly not Germans. But in general, it is worthy of an award) minus 20 snouts in the bud - who knows, can anyone save our lives in Korea from this)
      1. Free wind
        Free wind April 19 2015 11: 50
        -1
        I think you will understand my writings. Pilots in Japan were not scattered, up to 44 pilots were trained very carefully and for a long time. Pilots began to be trained from the age of 12, until the age of 16 military science was hammered into their heads and no one canceled political studies. As well as endless training on simulators and gliders. The cadet left very prepared for the first flight at 16 and even at 15, and subsequent flights were often performed without an instructor, and there were not many instructors to save fuel. According to the accelerated program, they trained Death Knights and transport pilots, and then from the middle of 44. Well trained pilots flew to Zero. To summarize, Uncle Sasha was not a pilot, fought yes, no pilot
        1. Walking
          Walking April 19 2015 19: 59
          +1
          Experienced pilots of aircraft carrier aircraft in Japan died at Midue, and then the others were knocked out. The Japanese were no longer able to restore the flight crew, so you are wrong, and read about the recollection of Japanese pilots Saburo Sakai, one of the few surviving pilots with pre-war training.
  11. bionik
    bionik April 19 2015 08: 39
    +16
    Yoshiteru Nakagawa
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  12. pensioner
    pensioner April 19 2015 08: 44
    +11
    They showed a movie about him for 20-25 minutes. I looked with pleasure. I was especially amused how his wife (I don’t remember the 4th or 5th account) said about him that he needed an eye and an eye — a terrible womanizer! A trip to Japan was also well shown. A living echo of the great events of the twentieth century. May God grant him health!
  13. Free wind
    Free wind April 19 2015 09: 23
    +5
    The Japanese were rarely awarded, and rarely promoted, the samurai should not boast of victories, and true valor is to die in battle. Therefore, awards and promotions were very rare. Many began to fight in 1938 as ordinary soldiers and sergeants. and finished it in the same rank. but the pilots did not scatter. For example, Sergeant Saburo Asaki. On August 7, 1942, having shot down an American fighter, the pilot noticed another group of planes in fever, not noticing that they were double attack aircraft. and got the line from the machine gun in the forehead, and literally, the bullet pierced the eye and pierced the brain. Incredibly, the pilot survived. The left side of the body was paralyzed, somehow miraculously flying 600 km, he landed at his airport. After lengthy treatment, in 44 he was sent to work as an instructor, but he demanded that he be sent to war. At the end of 1944, one-eyed, with impaired coordination of movements, with a shot through brain, Sergeant Sahaki again got into Zero's cabin. Having shot down after this another 14 aircraft.
    1. Serg 122
      Serg 122 April 19 2015 10: 00
      +3
      A pilot always remains a pilot!
      (photo: A ritual bow to the emperor before flying on a mission)
    2. Aleksandr72
      Aleksandr72 April 19 2015 10: 14
      +6
      This Sakai Saburo - the best and most effective pilot of the Japanese naval (coastal) aviation, became famous as the first Japanese pilot to shoot down a "flying fortress" - a B-17 bomber (this happened on December 11.12.1941, 56 over the Philippines). Before the battle over Guadalcanal you described, Sakai shot down 9 American and British aircraft. In this battle, which lasted almost 4 hours for him (taking into account the flight time from Rabaul to Guadalcanal and returning back), the Japanese ace shot down 1944 more aircraft. Then he spent almost a year in the hospital, after which he returned to service. Over Iwo Jima in 2, he shot down 2 more American fighters. After which he was returned to Japan, where he served in the air defense and shot down 64 more American aircraft, bringing his score to 1945 downed aircraft. In August 07 S. Sakai was awarded the rank of lieutenant. After the war he no longer flew. However, I believe that the personal accounts of the Japanese aces should be treated with great caution, as well as the personal accounts of the "experts" of the Luftwaffe - for example, in the battle of August 1942, 4 (where Sakai, according to him, shot down 58 Yankee planes), the Japanese pilots stated that that destroyed 21 American aircraft (of course, most of which were not confirmed by ground services or from other sources (movie machine gun, etc.), and the Americans themselves admitted the loss of only XNUMX aircraft. Well, the Yankees in this matter also do not cause much confidence, so the truth is probably somewhere in between.
      I have the honor.
      R.S. An article about Yoshiteru Nakagawa had already been published in VO.
      1. Lyton
        Lyton April 19 2015 12: 39
        -3
        By the way, the Luftwaffe had a very strict accounting system for shot down enemy planes, if other pilots did not see the shot down plane or it was not recorded in the photo, then the pilot did not count it, a purely German approach to business, bare words were not taken into account.
        1. Bro_kable
          Bro_kable April 20 2015 13: 10
          +1
          in fact, there were special, but frequent cases of collusion. German pilots wrote about this in memoirs. The slave’s bare words were valid for confirmation.
          How old is this myth and how old is swearing for this purely German approach - which also has no faith and cannot be.
          hits were counted for knocked down constantly - there is on the tape - it means knocked down. That's all the rigor. And the fact that the "knocked down" YAK then knocks down your gape slave is not important anymore. the order has been followed - the facts have already been confirmed ...
          And such particulars in the total amount of two times blocked the reality.
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    3. Lyton
      Lyton April 19 2015 13: 12
      +3
      Saburo Asaki became the only one-eyed pilot in the world, he was very revered in Japan, in general Japanese pilots had a unique vision training, they wore a special helmet for cadets, after they could see the stars during the day, I didn’t try to do this in the clear of day, to see at least one star , even the brightest, nothing happened.
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  14. Varyag125
    Varyag125 April 19 2015 10: 17
    +6
    "A person should have a favorite work. Only it keeps us alive. People who do nothing and do not work quickly die. They simply have nothing to live."
    Uncle Sasha (Yoshiteru Nakagawa)
  15. aszzz888
    aszzz888 April 19 2015 10: 32
    +8
    A very entertaining story. Motherland sent to war, and "enemies" gave life.
    May God grant you good health, Uncle Sasha.
  16. Vixen
    Vixen April 19 2015 11: 24
    +5
    Bravo! Long life, Uncle Sasha !!!
  17. Region-25.rus
    Region-25.rus April 19 2015 12: 35
    +3
    That's who should be invited to the Victory Day in the Capital! And show the whole world !!! soldier
  18. Saburo
    Saburo April 19 2015 13: 13
    +1
    I often heard about this. There are many graves for the living in Japanese cemeteries, which can be distinguished by the fact that the name is painted red. When the person dies, the red paint will simply be scraped off. One friend had such a "red" grandfather. He said that he was captured in Manchuria and until 47 wrote to his family from somewhere in Siberia, and then disappeared. This year it was decided to "bury" my grandfather, and I was even invited to the ceremony.
  19. mr.Man
    mr.Man April 19 2015 13: 31
    +1
    Quote: Free Wind
    ... a drunk pilot with difficulty climbed into the first Zero that came across, taking a bottle with him ...
    It looks like it was the Japanese version of the "Zui-Quan" (Drunken Fist) style lol
  20. voyaka uh
    voyaka uh April 19 2015 15: 43
    -1
    "Apparently, the kamikaze faced a more experienced Soviet ace." ///

    Not Soviet, but American. Kamikaze attacked by American
    warships.
    1. Aleksandr72
      Aleksandr72 April 19 2015 17: 23
      +5
      You are a little deluded. In August 1945, after the entry of the Soviet Union into the war with Japan, the kamikaze attacked Soviet warships. By the way, by an evil irony of fate, the last warship sunk by a kamikaze during World War II and, in my opinion, the only Soviet warship lost in battles with the Japanese during the fleeting campaign of 1945 in the Pacific Ocean was the KT-152 boat minesweeper. This boat, which is a converted fishing seiner "Neptune" with a displacement of only 62 tons, was sunk by a Japanese kamikaze pilot on August 19, 1945, near Shumshu Island (Kuril Islands). The type of aircraft that sunk the KT-152 is not known to me.
      As for the battles of Japanese and Soviet aviation during this campaign, these battles were neither numerous nor fierce, because Japan simply had nothing to oppose to the much larger and more powerful Soviet aviation, the pilots of which also had rich combat experience of the Great World War II and a high moral and psychological level, due to the victory over Germany. They simply did not consider Japanese aviation and pilots equal to themselves. However, by August 1945 it was. Most of the Japanese aircraft, without having made a single combat mission, was captured by the Red Army at airfields and subsequently a significant part of these aircraft was transferred to the Chinese Communists.
      I have the honor.
      1. voyaka uh
        voyaka uh April 20 2015 15: 48
        +1
        Everything is simpler. When the USSR entered the war with Japan
        the Kwantung army had not a single liter of fuel, nor
        for airplanes, not for tanks. All have long been taken for
        other "living" fronts. Even simple machine guns
        poor people were taken away. For this reason there was no air
        no tank battles.
  21. SAXA.SHURA
    SAXA.SHURA April 19 2015 15: 46
    +3
    Quote: Zhaman-Urus
    "- The real homeland is not where a person was born, but where he wants to die." the best definition I've heard!

    How could that kid who was leaving to fight with the Russians think that he would live a long life in the country with which he went to fight. In truth, the ways of the Lord are not confessed, God grant him health.
  22. serge siberian
    serge siberian April 19 2015 16: 41
    +1
    happy uncle Sasha. and a very informative, good example, life in Russia is changing consciousness. Now the families of those of our olegarchs and deputies, officials will return. Maybe their money would return to their homeland. But this is an idiot’s blue dream. soon the waters of all our rivers will flow back how the money is rich in our fellow countrymen will work for RUSSIA.
    there is still, or rather, there was such an example: it seems, I don’t remember exactly in Khakassia about five years ago, they wrote something like that. They sent a saboteur to shoot down planes flying from east to west, from the US to the front line. but the war passed and he stayed with his wife. he worked on a collective farm, a ball even by its chairman. And before his death he bowed before the people.
  23. abzal
    abzal April 19 2015 18: 45
    +1
    Until recently, a Japanese prisoner of war, Tetsuro, lived in Karaganda with almost the same story.
  24. Alexander 3
    Alexander 3 April 19 2015 19: 13
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    Europe live peacefully with Russia, otherwise you will come to us, stay here and love Russia, if mutual love live, rejoice. Others here simply lie.
  25. Junior Cook
    Junior Cook April 19 2015 20: 54
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    A common peasant and suddenly a samurai, or when it is necessary for the emperor to die there everyone was recorded as a samurai?
    1. sharp-lad
      sharp-lad April 19 2015 23: 52
      +1
      In Japan, the transition to the category of samurai was not confined only to the estate, a simple peasant could become a samurai thanks to his courage and rage in battle, which, if successful, made it possible to significantly improve his social status.
  26. projdoha
    projdoha April 19 2015 22: 11
    +1
    Our doctors put a soul into it, saving from death, and having learned the Russian language, he absorbed our culture into himself, without which he would have remained an ordinary Japanese ..