On June 3, 1945, Corporal Toyoji Hashimasa took off from Chiran Air Base and
died in a special (suicide) attack west of Okinawa at the age of 20. He was a
member of the 214th Shinbu Special Attack Squadron and piloted an Army Type 97
Fighter (Allied nickname of Nate). After his death in a special attack, he
received a promotion to Second Lieutenant. He was from Ishikawa Prefecture and was
a member of the 14th Class of the Niigata Pilot Training School.
As man with life as flower in beautiful full bloom
In prime of spring will fall and lose dear life
Searching seas for enemy ship
To smash as I fall as mountain cherry blossom
Wrapped in thousand-stitch belt from hometown young girls
Will fall in skies in prime of spring
Dear Yasuko Ippongi,
I believe that behind the scenes there will be new power in your hands.
Please show filial piety to Mother.
Tonight seeing friends for last time
They smile with Yamato  spirit
Dear Older Brother and Older Sister Chabatake,
Tomorrow morning at last I will make a sortie.
Older Brother, as a younger brother I was changeable like the autumn
skies, and you gave me today's honor. If I had not had one year of character
building, I would not be who I am today.
As my sortie draws near tomorrow, please take care of aging Father and
Mother who I am very anxious about.
Dear Uncle and Sumiko,
With my life that has a limit, I am hoping to be able to carry out this
deed that is most meaningful.
With Older Brother Namio waiting for me in the other world, I go there
shortly before you and will be waiting for you.
Since there are some preparations for us to welcome you there, please now
live for a long while. We two will go welcome you at that time.
Sumiko, even though I do not say anything, I think that you understand. I
pray that you strive hard.
Dear Uncle and Aunt Michiura,
As this is my farewell to this world, your photo will be my good-luck
charm. The grand Special Attack Corps will make taiatari
(body-crashing) attacks together with you.
I will make a crash dive with photos kept hidden close to my heart of
Uncle and Aunt, Older Brother Eiichi, and Father and Mother.
When I go together with photos of my respected friends, what will remain
will be my poems.
I pray that you will have a long life of 100 years.
To fall as Emperor's humble shield
My heart happy as always
The time finally has come. Even though you see a peaceful figure in this
village at the southern tip of Kyūshū, I deeply feel that we must win.
I asked you for many unreasonable things, and you took good care of me.
When Yasuko is asked to be a bride, I thought that the way to show filial
piety to you is to say no and reject the offer, but it was a dream. Ha, ha,
ha, ha, it is a joke. When Yasuko hears this, she surely will be mad.
I pray for your happiness and health.
Dear Older Brother's Wife,
Tomorrow at last I will make a sortie.
Even though in the days of my youth when you controlled your own child
and let me have my own way, I will never forget the love that you showed to
me more than to a real younger brother.
Please take care and live happily. When you hear about it from Older
Brother, I think that you certainly will be glad at my place of death.
Please take good care of Father and Mother who are aging.
Dear Older Sister Michiura,
Since it has become warmer, I imagine that the time will come soon when
you get lightheaded.
Sachi also really has gotten big.
Now there is a little more. Please do your best to not lose to anything.
As I in this world come to end in distant seas
I will protect forever Imperial Reign's prosperity
I am praying for your health.
Dear Older Sister Shima,
I wanted to see you once, but I will fall without being able to
accomplish this goal.
You are such a different older sister than I now imagine when compared to
when you first had a family in Ōsaka.
Hatsumi, be in high spirits.
I pray that Older Brother also is working more and more in high spirits
on important duties.
Prosperity for country of mighty gods
Praying for it, I will fall at end of multi-layered clouds
The final writings come from Chiran Kōjo Nadeshiko Kai (1996, 117-22). The biographical information on this page comes from Chiran Kōjo
Nadeshiko Kai (1996, 116), Chiran Tokkō
Irei Kenshō Kai (2005, 142, 180) and Osuo (2005, 206).