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Posted 6 years ago


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I found this at the bottom of an odds and ends box at a garage sale about 15 years ago. The first thing I did was to test it under a blacklight to make sure it did not glow...and it did not glow. This meant it was not made from a modern day material.
These headbands are extremely rare, because most that were worn were destroyed when the Japanese pilot crashed his plane into a ship, or was shot down. These were presented to the pilot before their final mission along with a small cup of saki. Kamikazi translates to Divine Wind. The Japanese started using Kamikazi attacks against U.S. Naval forces in October of 1944. They also used one man submarines with an attached warhead to take them to their death, and a place of honor at the Yasukuni National Shrine .


  1. Ray, 6 years ago
    I have a japanese scarf or headband or ? It it made of silk or satin. It has a large red sun in the center with two hanger style tassel on one end. The scarf measures about 30" x 34" and is tan or goldish in color with lots of japanese script all over it but not on the red sun. Can you tell me anything about this piece? I can send a picture. Thanks, Ray
  2. Ethologist Ethologist, 5 years ago
    Simply, amazing.

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