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Bonotsu Shinyo Corps Monument
Minamisatsuma City, Kagoshima Prefecture

The Chiran Peace Museum for Kamikaze Pilots displays a restored Model 5 shinyo explosive motorboat, which was built in WWII to carry out nighttime suicide attacks against enemy ships. In 1979, the Kyoto Arashiyama Museum salvaged the remains of this shinyo motorboat that had been scuttled after the end of WWII by the 123rd Shinyo Special Attack Squadron stationed at Bonotsu, located at the southwestern end of the Satsuma Peninsula. The Model 5 shinyo boat had a crew of two and carried 250 kg of explosives in the bow.

The Bonotsu Shinyo Corps Monument, erected in 1979, stands alongside a path through the woods alongside the inlet at Bonotsu. The path starts from the parking lot of Kishinkan, a museum dedicated to Bonotsu's history. The Shinyo Monument is located on the path's right-hand side about 10 meters from the entrance to the woods. Further along the path is a monument to author Haruo Umezaki, who was in Bonotsu in July 1945 as a member of the Navy's Communications Unit and who used Bonotsu as a setting for a couple of his postwar novels including Genka (Illusion).

The front of the monument has inscribed "Shinyo Corps Monument," and the back of the monument has the following inscription:

During the final stage of the Pacific War, there was a Surface Special Attack Squadron located in this place. The squadron made preparations for an enemy naval task force invasion and carried out constant training for taiatari (body-crashing) suicide attacks to achieve certain victory.

Now thanks to the kindness of Bonotsu Town, we received the donation of a site near the former base gate. Squadron members from those days and other persons connected to the squadron gathered together to erect this monument and pray for eternal peace.

August 15, 1979

123rd Shinyo Squadron Monument Erection Committee

In 2005, Bonotsu Town merged with nearby municipalities to form Minamisatsuma City.


Bonotsu Inlet