Asian studies in Lithuania

Japanese destroyer captain. Pearl Harbor, Guadalcanal, Midway – The great naval battles as seen through Japanese eyes

Original language: English
Translated from: English
Authors: Murakami, Haruki, Tameichi, Hara, Saito, Fred, Pineau, Roger
Translated by: Tamulevičius, Mantas
ISBN: 978-9955-26-721-8
Published in: Vilnius
Published on: 2020
Publisher: Briedis

This book is an autobiographical historical book that will also introduce the reader to the great naval battles on the Japanese side of Pearl Harbor, Guadalquani, Midway. In this book, the protagonist Tameichi Hara, who served in the Japanese Imperial Navy, talks about his life, family, time spent at sea, the situation in Japan during the war, battles in which he participated and did not participate, and we can see that this colourful person is critical and tells military operations, technical things not as a man who villing to cry about his experience, but as a specialist who conveys the unreturned version of the truth of events, evaluates and respects the enemy and does not blindly believe in the righteousness of his leaders, as well as acknowledging his own mistakes, analysing and do not repeating them.

In the book we can see how the main character Tameichi Hara is able to subtly and clearly convey his anxieties, problems, feelings in his story, and he also draw attention to one of the most important aspects of the Bushido Code (Samurai Path), which states that a soldier must live so that when he comes at the moment of death she will be greeted with dignity and majesty because there will be nothing to regret.

Also, we can see eye-catching is the impressive abundance of photographs that acquaint the reader with the level of development of Japanese and American shipping at the time and allow for a better picture of the wars and military operations that took place between Japan and America at that time.

Tameichi Hara (1900-1980) One of the authors of the book and the main character in the book who reveals and tells about his colourful and challenging life. This majestic personality was the commander of the forces of the Imperial Japanese Navy, having spent almost more than half of his life at sea. He was a man of great talent, abilities such as he caused a revolution in the field of torpedo application, was a technical manager of torpedo attacks, had invaluable experience in leading squadron destroyers and night battles. Also, at the beginning of World War II, Tameichi Hara was a captain who survived the entire war with his ship Amatsukaze, and his experience, memories, stories became an invaluable source for historians. Another equally colourful personality who contributed to the vortex of this book was Roger Pineu (1917-1993), an officer and historian who served in the American Navy. This person also had knowledge of Japanese and experience in military affairs. Roger Pineu studied Japanese at the University of Colorado and, since the outbreak of World War II, he worked in naval intelligence, which at the time had a major impact on the course of the war. And the last personality to contribute to the emergence of this book is Fred Saito. it is a personality about which we can find very little information, but we can find that this writer has still contributed to the book “Samurai!” occurrence.

Initiators of the project: Japan foundation VDU