Banzai! Banzai! BANZAI!

Seventy years ago…
The crew of the sinking Japanese aircraft carrier, HIJMS Zuikaku, give the final Banzai cheer before the ship slips beneath the waves on October 25, 1944.
HIJMS Zuikaku 1944 Three cheers
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Details of the battle and additional photo in the COMMENTS section.

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Taro

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9 thoughts on “Banzai! Banzai! BANZAI!”

  1. why are they cheering about small trees (bonsai)

    Why not cheer about shrubbery? Even Japan’s national anthem is about growing rocks and moss*. ;-)

    bonsai_patient
    wikipedia.org/wiki/Kimigayo#Lyrics
    : Japan’s National Anthem
    *きみがよは
    ちよにやちよに
    さざれいしの
    いわおとなりて
    こけのむすまで
    Kimigayo wa
    Chiyo ni yachiyo ni
    Sazare-ishi no
    Iwao to narite
    Koke no musu made

    May your reign
    Continue for a thousand, eight thousand generations,
    Until the pebbles
    Grow into boulders
    Lush with moss

  2. Japanese navy… as usual… Can’t do something properly… Just enjoy doing it poorly…

  3. Have the Japanese started building aircraft carriers? This recently happened:
    Despite Collapsing Economy, Japanese PMI Surges To 5-Month High

    Nah, the Japanese government just decided to fudge the numbers of the Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) in a lame attempt to boast the dead economy.

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