By Emiko Ohnuki-Tierney
Drawing on diaries by no means ahead of released in English, Ohnuki-Tierney describes those younger men's agonies or even defiance opposed to the imperial ideology. Passionately dedicated to cosmopolitan highbrow traditions, the pilots observed the cherry blossom now not in militaristic phrases, yet as an emblem of the painful good looks and unresolved ambiguities in their tragically short lives. utilizing Japan to illustrate, the writer breaks new flooring within the realizing of symbolic verbal exchange, nationalism, and totalitarian ideologies and their execution.
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