Ohnuki-Tierney, Emiko.

Kamikaze, Cherry Blossoms, and Nationalisms : The Militarization of Aesthetics in Japanese History - Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 2014. - 1 online resource (441 p.) - eBooks on Demand .

Contents -- List of Illustrations -- Preface -- Chronology: Important Events and Publications -- Note on Names, Dates, and Titles of Works -- Introduction -- Part 1: THE SYMBOLISM OF CHERRY BLOSSOMS IN PRE-MEIJI JAPAN -- 1. The Field of Meaning, Images, and Aesthetics -- Part 2: THE ROAD TO PROREGEE TPATRIAMORI: NATURALIZATION OF IMPERIAL NATIONALISM -- 2. The Emperor's Two Bodies: Sovereignty, Theocracy, and Militarization -- 3. The Militarization of Cherry Blossoms: Cherry Blossoms as the Souls of Fallen Soldiers -- 4. The Militarization of the Masses Part 3: THE MAKING OF THE TOKKOTAI PILOTS -- 5. The Tokkotai Operation -- 6. Five Tokkotai Pilots -- Part 4: NATIONALISMS, PATRIOTISMS, AND THE ROLE OF AESTHETICS IN MÉCONNAISSANCE -- 7. State Nationalism and Naturalization Processes -- 8. Patriotism: Global Intellectual Currents as Its Source -- 9. The Crooked Timber of the Cherry -- Summary -- Appendix: List of Readings by Four Pilot -- Notes -- References -- Index

Why did almost one thousand highly educated ""student soldiers"" volunteer to serve in Japan's tokkotai (kamikaze) operations near the end of World War II, even though Japan was losing the war? In this fascinating study of the role of symbolism and aesthetics in totalitarian ideology, Emiko Ohnuki-Tierney shows how the state manipulated the time-honored Japanese symbol of the cherry blossom to convince people that it was their honor to ""die like beautiful falling cherry petals"" for the emperor. Drawing on diaries never before published in English, Ohnuki-Tierney describes these young men's a

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College students -- Japan.
Kamikaze airplanes.
Kamikaze pilots.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Aerial operations, Japanese.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Education and the war.

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