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Requiem for Battleship Yamato is a paradigm of the enduring warrior spirit in Japan Though subtle in its revelation patriotism and ethnocentrism both played major roles in the way Yoshida thought and wrote The heroic patriotism of Yoshida and his shipmates is best shown by the manner in which many of them choose to die The book was more a journal of the ways in which his comrades died than a historical recount No native of Japan much less a survivor of the battleship Yamato could have not been influenced by both a strong sense of patriotism and ethnocentrism The intended mission of the battleship Yamato was itself the zenith of Japanese patriotism Patriotism is simply a love of and dedication to ones country No one can doubt the pride members of the Yamato had in fighting for their country As one crewman stated Isnt it enough to wear on your breast the chrysanthemum emblem of the special attack force and to die with long live the emperor on your lips p41 Although there were arguments against only that as a reason to die no one doubted the statements validity On more than one instance in the book Yoshida scolds himself for faltering When his fear seizes him for a moment he thinks Ah what a coward Deadening your senses now by taking refuge in alcohol p20 Yoshida may not recognize it as patriotism but clearly he shows his love of his country simply in his attitude In keeping with the warrior code of samurai during Japans feudal period Yoshida doesnt allow himself to be taken by fear and thinks to embrace death to die with honor He wishes not to stain himself or his country with shame Yoshida writes I too naturally reach for my side touching the line readied some time ago p107 He is referring to a line he would use to tie himself down to the ship so that his body
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