It entered Japanese in 1281 when a
typhoon destroyed a Mongol invasion fleet. Approximately 633 years later, it
entered English. What word is it?
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The word kamikaze - which
derives from the Japanese kami, divine, and
kaze, wind - literally means "divine wind."
The Japanese pilots who tried to halt the US
invasion of Japan by crashing their planes into American warships were called
Were there Kamikaze pilots in 1914, 633 years after
Change made. This is why MooT isn't a Math
joelynn114 at & at &hotmail.com
I have no qualms about the
definition, but the kamikaze pilots weren't trying to halt the US invasion of
Japan- there was no invasion; Japan surrendered in August 1945 without a single
US soldier setting foot on Japanese soil.
The Japanese Air Force did employ the strategy as
the US closed in on Japan. The JAF resorted to using kamikaze pilots against US
naval vessels when the ranks of their experienced, well-trained pilots had been
decimated by losses (the German Luftwaffe had a similar problem, but no culture
of tactical suicide). Japanese industry could replenish the lost aircraft, but
not the veteran pilots.
swidler at & yahoo.com
Actually, quite a lot of American
soldiers landed on Japanese soil. The island of Okinawa was and is a part of
Japan and was the scene of a particularly nasty battle in 1945 with an
estimated loss of 200,000 lives. It is not a part of what are considered to be
the "home islands
wrennhaley at & hotmail.com
Aside from the question of whether American boots hit
Japanese soil before the surrender... What a wonderfully weird idea that one
can't be trying to prevent something if that "something" doesn't come to
pass... it's flawed, but interesting. I always believed that my uncle was
putting aside money for his retirement, but based on this theory that could not
have been his intent, because he died before retiring.
jib71 at & yahoo.com
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