Japanese Patriotism and Ethnocentrism told through the book: Requiem for Battleship Yamato
Requiem for Battleship Yamato is a paradigm of the enduring warrior spirit in Japan. Though subtle in its revelation, patriotism and ethnocentrism both played major roles in the way Yoshida thought and wrote. The heroic patriotism of Yoshida and his shipmates is best shown by the manner in which many of them choose to die. The book was more a journal of the ways in which his comrades died than a historical recount. No native of Japan, much less a survivor of the battleship Yamato could have not been influenced by both a strong sense of patriotism and ethnocentrism.
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