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Takamasa Senda before his departure had been singing many songs with
children, and at times, sat quietly alone, burning old letters in an expression of deep
thought. The last night, he looked up at the stars and said, "You are lucky, this will be
the last time I see the I wonder how my mother is ."[66] His singing with
the children was probably to forget the coming mission, and his burning the letters was
to forget the past. Saying that he wanted to be able to see the stars again is an
indication that he wanted to live.
Whether patriotism was the answer to the way they felt can be doubted in the case of
Second Lieutenant Fumihiro Mitsuyama. His real name was Tak Kyong-Hyong.[67]
He was Korean, but like other Japanese men, he too was sent to war, and was chosen
as a Kamikaze pilot. The last evening before his mission, he went to the cafeteria
appointed by the Army, which was run by a lady, Mrs. Tome Torihama, who was
called "Okasan" (mother) by the young Kamikaze pilots of Chiran Air Base. He went
up to her and said, "I will sing you a song of my country," and sang Ariran. By the
second verse he was in tears.[68] Because he was a graduate of college, he had not
volunteered willingly but was probably pressured to circle "desire earnestly" in the
survey, especially being a Korean.
According to survivors, all say that they felt quite calm, and normal. They were not
scared of death but were happy that the day had finally come.[69] Mr. Itatsu was a
pilot who had departed for the mission but because his engine had stopped on the way,
his plane fell into the sea, and he survived.[70] He says that he remembers being happy
when he



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