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Kamikaze Pilot Statue

 

     Statue of a Mother

 
Kamikaze Pilot Statue (Chiran)
Minamikyushu City, Kagoshima Prefecture

This bronze statue of a kamikaze pilot stands in the Peace Park near Chiran Peace Museum for Kamikaze Pilots. On May 3, 1974, the Chiran Tokko Irei Kensho Kai (Chiran Tokko Memorial Association) unveiled this statue based on the design of Ioki Ito, a judge for the Japan Fine Arts Exhibition.

The inscription on the base of the statue says "tokoshie ni" (forever). A plaque next to the statue gives the following information:

Origin of Kamikaze Pilot Statue Named "Forever"

In the end, special attack planes never returned. These brave men must have gone while thinking of their country and parents and hoping for eternal peace.

The kamikaze pilot "Forever" was erected through kind people from around the country.

A brave man who disappeared south of Kaimon [1],
We pray that his spirit rests in peace forever,
With the desire to immortalize his brave figure.

Statue of a Mother [2]

Another bronze statue (shown at right) depicts a loving mother who is looking at the Kamikaze Pilot Statue standing nearby in Chiran Peace Park near the Peace Museum for Kamikaze Pilots. 

Inscribed on the back of the Statue of a Mother are the words, "Mother and son will be together forever in peace." The inscription on a small stone to the left of this statue says "yasuraka ni" (in peace). She is wearing a monpe, the national wartime attire for women.

The plaque to the right of the statue gives the following explanation:

The young lives of kamikaze [3] pilots will not return again. Their mothers surely sought for their lives until the moment they took off.

The pilots at least were able to give their thanks as they said their final farewell while glimpsing their mother as she appears in this public place. Their mother also surely had the same heartrending feeling.

With the figure of a mother now standing here, may they forever be peacefully together with their mother. We pray that their spirits may rest in peace at the breast of their kindhearted mother and that there may be world peace.

March 30, 1986

The statue was erected by Magoshichi Ishiguro (Takaoka City, Toyama Prefecture) in March 1986. A generous donation by Masaru Maeda (Ashikita Town, Kumamoto Prefecture) allowed erection of the statue.

Notes

1. Kaimon is a mountain at the southern tip of Kyushu. Kamikaze pilots from Chiran and other kamikaze air bases flew over Mt. Kaimon on their way south to Okinawa.

2. Some information regarding the Statue of a Mother comes from the picture booklet published by the Chiran Peace Museum for Kamikaze Pilots.

3. Rather than kamikaze, the sign uses the word tokkotai (Special Attack Corps) to refer to the pilots. The Army Special Attack Corps carried out suicide attacks from Chiran Air Base from late March to June 1945 during the Battle of Okinawa.