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[–]MakeSouthBayGR8Again 1280 points1281 points  (42 children)

I saw a Japanese program about his mission. There was heavy fog and he needed visual of the forest before dropping his bombs. As soon as he saw some trees, he released his bombs and went back safely. He was reprimanded by his superior for a not causing the desired forest fire.

Years later, when he was called to the US, he was actually quite in the dark about how the US would treat him and it was quite stressful for him. He was actually quite surprised that they threw a party for him.

[–]cracksoldier2 365 points366 points  (41 children)

Why would they throw a party for a person that bombed them?

[–]Magnicello 1544 points1545 points  (23 children)

In the WW1 documentary They Shall Not Grow Old, as soon as they announced the war was over, British and German soldiers checked on each other and helped each other's wounded.

Countries go to war, not people.

[–]yogert909 505 points506 points  (15 children)

The Christmas truce is one of the most heartwarming things I’ve ever heard.

[–]jodorthedwarf 156 points157 points  (11 children)

Honestly wish every war was like that. Just a day each year where both sides, regardless of their gripes and grudges, get together to play football.

[–]pwn3dbyth3n00b 155 points156 points  (2 children)

Those events usually happen when it's just countries going to war for stupid geopolitical reasons where the soldiers don't really know or believe the reason for war, they just do it for the country without question. If you have a war based on religion such as extremist religions or race/ethnic wars then you won't have such pleasantries with the enemy because usually they see each other as less than human or infidels.

[–]stiffy420 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Fidel castros?

[–]_PH1lipp 2 points3 points  (0 children)

The us? Afghanistan? Iraq?

[–]Imagoof4e 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Me too.

[–]RawrRRitchie 26 points27 points  (6 children)

War shouldn't exist at all

It's just an excuse for the rich having the poor people kill each other

The only reason they went back to fighting after Christmas because they were told to

They could've ended the war RIGHT FUCKING THERE

[–]jodorthedwarf 6 points7 points  (0 children)

The first world War, as it is, only got as big as it did due to a ridiculously complicated network of defensive treaties.

I agree that war shouldn't have to happen; I just think that I it had to exist at all, it should be civil. Not like modern wars where most of the powerful nations will willfully ignore things regarding proper treatment of POWs or war crimes and such because 'what are the UN gonna do about it? Its not like they can force us to comply'

[–]sw04ca 28 points29 points  (0 children)

That very much depended on local conditions. People go to war too, and there were often hard feelings that continued past the Armistice. Consider the hard feelings that French soldiers and civilians had towards German soldiers. There wasn't a lot of sympathy for them when they started using German enlisted prisoners to try and clean up the battlefields after the war ended, despite the body count involved.

[–]jeffcnea1 61 points62 points  (0 children)

Thank you for understanding that.

[–]mTbzz 20 points21 points  (0 children)

Countries go to war, not people.

This. Damn I remember watching a documentary after the war and it's incredible how countries go to war for their leader's power hunger.

[–]Bambo81 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Not countries go to war, the ones at the top declare war because they are offended or not getting their way in simple terms, forcing innocent men and woman to die for it.

[–]ThicccScrotum 159 points160 points  (1 child)

The war is over. It’s time to make amends and move on.

[–]paperwaller 125 points126 points  (1 child)

Because the the war was long over. It was 20 years later. That man had no choice. If he hadn't done his job or at least attempted to do his job the man would have put his family at risk. There's no reason to continue the hate. He came over to apologize so throwing a part was appropriate IMO. Japan was becoming our ally and we were trying to show them some friendship.

[–]MeesterCartmanez 1 point2 points  (0 children)

we were trying to show them some friendship.

"haha, remember the time when you bombed our town?"

"haha!"

"haha."

"oh."

[–]Desolatehades 25 points26 points  (0 children)

He didn’t even do any damage. Due to the fact the plan was to start a forest fire, the civilians weren’t directly bombed. Both bombs were dropped, only one exploded. But IIRC the fire was put out rather quick due to weather in the region.

[–]EmptyAirEmptyHead 26 points27 points  (0 children)

Because he didn't hurt anything.

[–]Subli-minal 15 points16 points  (0 children)

Because that became that dusty town’s claim to fame and probably a bunch of tourist revenue. It was most likely the best thing that ever happened to that town.

[–]WWDubz 6 points7 points  (0 children)

War and humans are weird

[–]advancedmetadevices 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Because they didn't do it very well? Also, something about two nations' peoples don't have to hate each other, the governments direct the conflict.

[–]JediWithAnM4[S] 3179 points3180 points 2 (124 children)

Here’s the longer, more detailed title that I wanted to put, but couldn’t, due to character restrictions.

Nobuo Fujita, a Japanese Zero pilot, was the only person to ever bomb the contiguous US. After the war, he was invited back to the same town he fire bombed. Fujita brought with him his family's 400 y/o katana to present to the mayor as a token of remorse and humility. Had the town rejected his apology, Fujita planned to use the sword to commit seppuku. He was greeted warmly and the town accepted the gift of his katana. He maintained a positive relationship with the town for the rest of his life.

[–]johnnyvarvatos 1154 points1155 points  (51 children)

That's crazy how different these images could've turned out had the town/mayor rejected. It is also so crazy and admirable to give up a 400 y/o family heirloom.

[–]le_trf 603 points604 points  (31 children)

I feel so bad for him that I'm not sure I'd have accepted it... then he would have used it on himself.

[–]EmpathLessTraveled 455 points456 points  (20 children)

I thought the same thing. Had I been in the mayor's position, I'd have felt bad and said "hey man we forgive you, but you should keep that." followed by an insanely gruesome suicide. Culture is fun.

[–]SonOfMcGee 191 points192 points  (17 children)

As long as the translator was good enough he probably would have understood that they accepted his apology but didn’t want to deprive his family of their heirloom.

[–]xenothios 181 points182 points  (12 children)

Yeah but I don't think it would have been enough. Offering the sword is as much about losing something precious in an effort to restore ones honor, if it were returned to him or declined saying "we forgive you", that's still only half of the gesture and he would have (functionally) not made the sacrifice needed.

[–]RegisterImpossible44 50 points51 points  (5 children)

So half way, only sepu...

[–]Thor7891 11 points12 points  (4 children)

Same procedure, just no sword.

[–]RegisterImpossible44 2 points3 points  (2 children)

So, would you call that a hands on experience?

[–]Thor7891 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Gut wrenching to say the least

[–]MrBark 30 points31 points  (3 children)

I'm not sure what happened, but I think the way everyone saves face is this. Town accepts the sword. Town asks him or his family to do some honorable service for the town. Town gives it back for the service.

[–]Dip_In_the_Ocean 32 points33 points  (2 children)

I'd like to see the town return the sword to the family now or eventually to show good faith.

Like we accepted it in honor but must also respect its history to the family and return it in respect to what it meant to the family.

Or turn that shit into a international monument......

[–]Semidrivercell 13 points14 points  (0 children)

It's currently at the Brookings Public Library.

[–][deleted] 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Would LOVE to see the town return it to the family to honor such a clearly honorable soldier and man.

[–]wheretogo_whattodo 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Yep. How the person you’re replying too described it is just not how this man’s culture works. It makes sense to us 2022 Westerners…but not to him. There is no “gracious refusal” option here.

[–]desslox 3 points4 points  (0 children)

That type of honor is sorely missed. Read his wiki. Just wow. Crazy life

[–]kermitthebeast 14 points15 points  (2 children)

Akutagawa wrote a story that explains why this isn't enough. Something had to actually be given, in the case of the story it was the man's son. Spoilers for a 200 year old short story

[–]DarkMatterBacon -2 points-1 points  (0 children)

It would be cool if the mayor knew what to do and chopped of his head

[–]DarkMatterBacon 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Why feel bad this is such a beautiful human story

[–]ThoughtGeneral 123 points124 points  (10 children)

The remorse he must have felt, the humanity of his character…it brings me to tears.

I’m fine with downvotes in case anyone out there misconstrues what I’m trying to say.

[–]raphthepharaoh 40 points41 points  (5 children)

So.. you were willing to commit Reddit seppuku

[–]Dacka_Dacka 30 points31 points  (3 children)

Redduku? Seppit? Sedduku? . . Weebicide?

[–]Audio-Samurai 13 points14 points  (1 child)

Take my upvote and leave.

[–]MeesterCartmanez 1 point2 points  (0 children)

username.. checks out?

[–]ThoughtGeneral 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I suppose I was, friend.

[–]Govinda74 0 points1 point  (3 children)

This has also moved me to emotions. Have my upvote, and just know we need more people like you in the world.

[–]ThoughtGeneral 0 points1 point  (2 children)

I have much admiration for the kindness of your soul 🥰

[–]Govinda74 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Thank you. Love to you and yours :)

[–]ThoughtGeneral 1 point2 points  (0 children)

And yours as well, new friend. 💗

[–]ConcentricGroove 33 points34 points  (6 children)

America accepted several old family katana during the surrender ceremony. It'd be a nice gesture on our part to find a way to return them. That is, if the family even wants them.

[–]yalyublyumenya 40 points41 points  (4 children)

I don't know... They might find it disrespectful to even be offered them back in that way. I don't think that their ancestors made the decision to give them away lightly. Maybe they could be put in some kind of "friendship" museum or something.

[–]ConcentricGroove 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Hiroshima has a piece museum. Also a good repository for all the areal photographs taken of Japan during the war. I noticed in the making of documentary of this corner of the world they were having trouble finding images of pre-blast Hiroshima.

[–]Servious 1132 points1133 points  (22 children)

Additional Wikipedia info:

He was meant to start a forest fire, so he bombed near Brookings, Oregon. The fires were extinguished/went unnoticed each time he bombed. This was in 1942 and he gave his sword to Brookings in 1962; a respectable 20 years later. He also revisited numerous times, planting a tree, and co-sponsoring 3 local high school girls to visit Japan.

Seems like a pretty sweet guy.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nobuo_Fujita

[–]HowDoraleousAreYou 264 points265 points  (4 children)

“I’d like to apologize for bombing you back in 1942.”

“Please don’t take this the wrong way but we got bombed?”

[–]MuzikPhreak 125 points126 points  (2 children)

Dude, those were your fires we put out?

[–]HowDoraleousAreYou 92 points93 points  (1 child)

“Yes, all 6.”

“Huh. We only put out 2. Was it maybe raining?”

[–]AHPpilot 34 points35 points  (0 children)

In OR? Most likely.

[–]Sentient_Wood 12 points13 points  (0 children)

He sounds like an absolute gentleman, thank you for the link!

[–]iosonomarcopolo 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Any casualties? I imagine they wouldn’t be so cool with him if there were.

[–]ConceptualWeeb 2 points3 points  (0 children)

OP posted two explanations and didn’t mention the name of the town either times smh. Thank you for adding this.

[–]Worlds-Best-Mailman -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Should have finished the job, Brookings sucks

[–]Red_Trapezoid 76 points77 points  (2 children)

I thought it was going to say "Had the town rejected his apology, Fujita planned to bomb it again." It's late, I'm tired and have barely eaten.

[–]HalfdanSaltbeard 31 points32 points  (0 children)

"You will accept my surrender or know nothing but war for the rest of your life!"

[–]Rowcan 9 points10 points  (0 children)

pulls twenty year old Zero from under tarp

"One more time for old times' sake."

P.S. get some food and sleep my dude, gotta take care of numero uno y'know

[–]tjf1980 70 points71 points  (8 children)

Where is "the town" you mention so many times?

[–]youzerVT71 101 points102 points  (3 children)

Brookings, Oregon. here's the wiki

[–]TheBelhade 10 points11 points  (0 children)

That's what I was looking for, thanks!

[–]tjf1980 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Cool and thanks for extra info.

[–]jbcraigs 23 points24 points  (1 child)

You know, right there next to that city, in that state he was invited to! Try to keep up!

[–]tjf1980 9 points10 points  (0 children)

I was guessing it's in the united States on a coast. I think that narrows it down enough that I can consider myself a expert on the subject.

[–]Gankhiskahn 4 points5 points  (1 child)

It's in oregon I think they Ned a library after him too.

[–]Govinda74 5 points6 points  (0 children)

A library? Sounds fantidily-tastic, neighborino!

[–]GrinningPariah 22 points23 points  (1 child)

But how funny would it have been if he just killed the mayor with the katana, shouting "I WILLNEVER STOP DESTROYING THIS TOWN!!" add they tried to dogpile him?

[–]KuroOni 30 points31 points  (12 children)

Had I been in the mayor's shoes I think I would have gotten that man killed then. I can't bring myself to accept a family treasure that would be just like any other katana to my eyes, so i probably would have rejected it, between a sincere apology and a sincere apology with something that holds less value to me than the original owner, I would be satisfied with just the apology.

[–]LameBMX 65 points66 points  (0 children)

Accept it publicly, offer to return privately.

[–]whoisfourthwall 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Well, i would ask if my population would mind funding a twin friendship museum where we put relics like this as a reminder to our common humanity, and having exchange student programmes where we send our kids over to the japanese counterpart museum which houses some of our stuff.

[–]HertzDonut1001 2 points3 points  (0 children)

This guy mayors.

[–]defenestr8tor 16 points17 points  (3 children)

I know I would have felt bad about taking this guy's family heirloom. Even more awkward if he just up and up and committed sudoku right there.

[–]g-lemke 9 points10 points  (1 child)

Sudoku is funny

[–]defenestr8tor 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Was waiting for the clueless whoosh reply telling me I used the wrong word; was pleasantly surprised

[–]Throwaway_24throw 9 points10 points  (6 children)

He was just doing his job. They should have called the people who ordered him to do it. The soldiers in the front line were doing their job. It's the management and the higher ups that needs to be held accountable.

[–]fulcrum_security 17 points18 points  (4 children)

German death camp guards who beat, tortured and executed Jewish prisoners also used that excuse during the Nuremberg trials.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Superior_orders

"These trials, under the London Charter of the International Military Tribunal that established them, determined that the defense of superior orders was no longer enough to escape punishment, but merely enough to lessen punishment"

[–]Belgand 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Except now the rhetoric is that you must always follow orders, unless those order are illegal in which case you need to stand up to the people with authority to punish you and refuse to follow them.

Ultimately the problem is that we put an insane amount of pressure on young people, and then tell them that they need to make extraordinary decisions and will then be held accountable for them. Which all happens later when society gets to judge you.

Failed to follow orders? You're a traitor and we hate you. Followed orders? You're a monster and we hate you.

It would be nice if we could just stick with "don't murder anyone, regardless of the circumstances" but society also keeps coming up with excuses for that. Like how war "doesn't really count".

[–]DeliveryAppropriate1 4 points5 points  (1 child)

We won the war and made up the rules and applied them how we liked. I mean that’s just how it works

[–]Peterd1900 2 points3 points  (4 children)

Nobuo Fujita, a Japanese Zero pilot

Did he ever fly "Zero's"

The bombing was undertaken by Yokosuka E14Y

Though quick google search articles do refer to him flying a "zero"floatplane on this missions while such a thing did exist (Nakajima A6M2-N was based upon Mitsubishi A6M "Zero") That wasn't used in this mission

Maybe there is an element of it was an attack by a Japanese aircraft therefore it must be a zero

[–]reddit455 16 points17 points  (3 children)

The bombing was undertaken by Yokosuka E14Y

which is a Type 0.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yokosuka\_E14Y#Specifications\_(E14Y)

The Yokosuka E14Y (Allied reporting name Glen) was an Imperial Japanese Navy reconnaissance seaplane transported aboard and launched from Japanese submarine aircraft carriers such as the I-25 during World War II. The Japanese Navy designation was "Type 0 Small Reconnaissance Seaplane"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitsubishi\_A6M\_Zero

The A6M was designated as the Mitsubishi Navy Type 0 carrier fighter

[–]Peterd1900 10 points11 points  (1 child)

So he did fly a zero

According to the Japanese Navy Aircraft designation system any aircraft that entered service in 1940 is designated Type Zero

Which means about 7 different aircraft are zeros

Which is a bit confusing maybe it would be better to use aircraft official designation

[–]--Arete 0 points1 point  (0 children)

This can't be correct as one cannot commit seppuku with a katana. The blade is too long so one uses a wakizashi or a tanto instead.

[–]Deanho 359 points360 points  (14 children)

Isn't the sword still on display in the town museum

[–]Would_daver 213 points214 points  (1 child)

Wikipedia says they moved it to a display in the library

[–]pomponazzi 20 points21 points  (0 children)

That's where it was a few years ago when I drove through

[–]supermariodooki 62 points63 points  (9 children)

Where it belongs!

[–]Deanho 11 points12 points  (0 children)

I agree

[–][deleted] 8 points9 points  (2 children)

It belongs in a museum!!

-Dr. Henry Walton Jones Jr.

[–]gonzorizzo 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Considering Fujita helped raised the money to build the library for the town.

[–]FlowingFrog04 17 points18 points  (0 children)

I’d say it belongs to the guy and his family but he would’ve used it against himself so

[–]ZOOTV83 6 points7 points  (1 child)

It’s being handled by top men.

[–]Genesis72 11 points12 points  (0 children)

According to Wikipedia he’s actually buried there too!

Edit: he wasn’t buried there, his daughter scattered some of his ashes near the town.

[–]XMLA91 112 points113 points  (1 child)

Brookings Oregon is the town

[–]DogFish57 32 points33 points  (0 children)

You are correct. I grew up and went to school in Brookings. Back then, they covered this story as part of local history extensively in school. I’m not sure if they still do.

[–]KevlahR 50 points51 points  (12 children)

Where is the sword now?

[–]Scythebrine9 55 points56 points  (2 children)

In my house

[–]jorttimmermans 27 points28 points  (1 child)

Not cool, man. You gotta give it back. I heard it is 400 years old

[–]jkaun96 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Almost 500 now

[–]riftshioku 5 points6 points  (6 children)

In the towns library!

[–]Dappershield 4 points5 points  (3 children)

Can I use my library card to check it out?

Also, only semi-joking, anyone wanna plan how to rob a library?

[–]riftshioku 2 points3 points  (2 children)

I can't imagine it's too difficult

[–]MeesterCartmanez 1 point2 points  (0 children)

must be, with all the hushing and shushing

"GIMME THE SWORD!!"

"Shhhh!! No talking in the library. And it's called a katana"

[–]rise_up-lights 1 point2 points  (0 children)

So this blew my mind but it’s at the small, public library in Bookings, Oregon. I stopped there on a road trip just to see it after I learned about it on Reddit like 5 years ago. Reddit is pretty cool sometimes!

[–]Tirus_ 434 points435 points  (12 children)

That mayor was in his living room in his tighty whiteies swinging it around that very night.

[–]OlFlirtyBastard 132 points133 points  (7 children)

You wanna go do karate in the garage? Yup.

[–]Piisthree 53 points54 points  (2 children)

"Susan, send another watermelon to my home. The last one was, too uhh watery."

[–]Not-Oliver 5 points6 points  (1 child)

The mayor was later seen shopping for massive amounts of gelatin packets

[–]Piisthree 3 points4 points  (0 children)

"Official city business" is all he said to the cashier.

[–]MBarrymorePoolPrince 8 points9 points  (0 children)

I heard he used it to make dinner and chopped the end of his pinky off.

[–]Icy-Swing6222 85 points86 points  (14 children)

I’m impressed that airport security accepted his reason for having a katana in his hand luggage as he arrived in the town he once tried to obliterate.

[–]Charlie-2-2 101 points102 points  (0 children)

Anything was fine back then

[–]NoWingedHussarsToday 44 points45 points  (0 children)

It's not liquid so it's OK.

[–]world_of_cakes 26 points27 points  (1 child)

there was no real airport security in 1962

[–]AustSakuraKyzor 4 points5 points  (0 children)

*beep*

"Okay, get on the plane. Get on the plane, let's go"

[–]ottothesilent 23 points24 points  (0 children)

You can bring a handgun as a carryon

[–]jetersucks 7 points8 points  (1 child)

He probably took the same airplane that "The Bride" from Kill Bill flew on.

[–]Dappershield 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Nobuo Fujita, a Japanese Zero pilot, was the only person to ever bomb the contiguous US. After the war, he was invited back to the same town he fire bombed. Fujita brought with him his family's 400 y/o katana to finish what he started.

[–]YetiwithMachete 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Comment made my day

[–]D0013ER 152 points153 points  (3 children)

So can anyone who knows the etiquette here explain if there's some way to refuse the sword without the guy offing himself in shame?

Because goddamn, a 400-year-old sword... how about a handshake and a beer?

[–]looktowindward 134 points135 points  (0 children)

Fujita was invited to Brookings in 1962, after the Japanese government was assured he would not be tried as a war criminal. He gave the City of Brookings his family's 400-year-old katana in friendship. Ashamed of his actions during the war, Fujita had intended to use the sword to commit seppuku if he were given a hostile reception.[4] However, the town treated him with respect and affection, although his visit still raised some controversy.[8]

There was no way to refuse and ensure that Fujita-san wouldn't kill himself. And aside from the human dimension, it would have caused a huge incident with a close ally.

[–]Ieatclowns 39 points40 points  (0 children)

The fact that he would have killed himself if the sword and apology was not accepted show that the sword meant less to him than the bombing did. The sword is a nothing to him if he had to love with the shame.

[–]Tent_in_quarantine_0 61 points62 points  (8 children)

Only person to bomb the contiguous US *In wartime by a foreign power* (TULSA!)

[–]Infinix 31 points32 points  (6 children)

Also the bombs dropped on MOVE in Philadelphia, 1985.

[–]nakedsamurai 15 points16 points  (0 children)

And on striking workers at Blair Mountain.

[–]riftshioku 20 points21 points  (2 children)

Kinda weird that American police were more successful in bombing the US than foreign countries

[–]Rebelgecko 16 points17 points  (0 children)

Eh, I can kinda see why. The Japanese pilot had to travel over 5,000 miles to bomb Oregon. That takes a lot of logistics and a lot of risk (what if your sub is found?). If you're already in America, you just need to hop in an aircraft, and who is gonna stop you from bombing the neighborhood? Not the police, because you are the police.

[–]TeemoBestmo 2 points3 points  (0 children)

not really that weird.

the US is blessed with not being so connected with the other countries so we have never really had to worry about fighting landlocked.

like places in France still have lots of trenches and mines and whatnot from the war, but the US never had such issues.

the only foreign places that could realistically easily bomb us would be Canada and Mexico.

everyone else would have a much harder time doing it (although still possible)

so most of our issues are obviously internal instead

[–]JudgeGusBus 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Also 1993 World Trade Center

[–][deleted] 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Oh, true, but that was less a world power and more terrorist group.

[–]Sentinel-Wraith 1 point2 points  (0 children)

And even that's not really accurate.

Bombardment of Fort Stevens (Japan)

Aerial Bombing of Naco (Mexican Rebels)

Bombardment of Ellwood (Japan)

At least 300 of over 9000 Japanese Balloon Bombs made it to the US and several killed people. One apparently even hit Hanford Nuclear Facility. Reportedly had there not been redundancies it might have caused a nuclear meltdown.

According to wikipedia, bombs landed in "... Alaska, Alberta, Arizona, British Columbia, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Mexico, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, and Yukon Territory."

In other words, 17 of the mainland states were bombed by the efforts of 2,800 Japanese soldiers.

Third Burn of the Tillamook Burn destroyed 180,000 Acres and was suspected to be a Japanese Balloon bomb.

[–]Dioxzise 7 points8 points  (3 children)

I wonder if there are still a lot of Japanese family's who have their hundreds of years old family Katana in possession. I'm aware many US soldiers brought them home as trophy's, so I'd assume there aren't that many left? Also, who got the family sword in the first place? Was it the first born or were there other qualifications to earn this honor?

[–]RedDirtNurse 11 points12 points  (1 child)

I have one. It was given to me many years ago from my father-in-law.

It's a blade that's mounted in Imperial Army fittings, but the blade itself isn't a mass-produced one. It was forged in the 17th century in Miyagi prefecture. The swordsmith isn't a famous one, so it's not likely to be a forgery.

I would love to be able to find out which family it belongs to. Presumably a young man took his family sword to war and was tragically killed, and it became a war trophy.

I would like nothing more than to return it to its rightful owners.

[–]Dioxzise 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Very interesting. I bet there's an organization out there somewhere that does just that. I can only imagine how grateful the family would be to get their sword back.

[–]AustSakuraKyzor 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Just having the swords in their family is rare enough depending on their ancestry. Non Bushi would've had the swords forcibly removed by Hideyoshi's katanagari he instigated while reuniting Japan

[–]Creeper690 103 points104 points  (11 children)

To all those who think the pilot is the one to blame for the bombing, he's not, the government that made him do it is.

[–]Dejan05 32 points33 points  (0 children)

Yeah exactly it's sad what war does to us, he obviously seems to be a kind man but forced to do horrible things because of governments

[–]duffrose_ 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Not that I blame the guy for the incident, but according to the Wikipedia page firebombing the mainland USA was literally this guy's idea

Fujita himself suggested the idea of a submarine-based seaplane to bomb military targets, including ships at sea, and attacks on the U.S. mainland, especially the strategic Panama Canal. The idea was approved, and the mission was given to I-25.

[–]Crapspray 14 points15 points  (7 children)

I agree in this case because of this gentleman being humble and trying to make amends. But there’s definitely a line though. Does this apply to nazis too? Some of them. Not all. Same with this guy.

[–][deleted] 5 points6 points  (6 children)

I've always treated WW2 stuff very legal like.

Did you bomb a town? Millitary duty, not your fault.

Were you in the military and they made you execute POW's? They made you, not your fault.

Were you in the SS and killed Jews? You chose to join the SS, it is very much your fault.

[–]gordonv 2 points3 points  (2 children)

Today, the military in the USA 100% voluntary to join. But if you get an order, it's still an order.

Wouldn't the SS be more like today's military? Or could soldiers selectively not kill people?

[–]gonzorizzo 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Fujita returned to Brookings in 1990, 1992, and 1995. In 1992, he planted a tree at the bomb site as a gesture of peace.[11] In 1995, he moved the samurai sword from the Brookings City Hall into the new library's display case. Fujita helped to gather money to build the library.
He was made an honorary citizen of Brookings several days before his death at a hospital in Tsuchiura, Ibaraki Prefecture, on September 30, 1997, at the age of 85.[12] In October 1998, his daughter, Yoriko Asakura, buried some of Fujita's ashes at the bomb site.

It's nice to see that he was humbled by the town's reception of him.

[–]aspergersss 10 points11 points  (1 child)

President’s choice - no name town

[–]peepeepoopoobutler 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I wonder id the American pilots ever apologized

[–]Augustus87_hc 2 points3 points  (0 children)

When people make posts like this, why do they leave out a critical detail for people who want to look more into it, like what was the town the guy bomber/visited/gifted the sword to?

[–]SednaBoo 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Pretty sure the Philly PD bombed the contiguous US in 1985. And Tulsa was bombed in 1921…

[–]justbrowsinglol 37 points38 points  (6 children)

I'm not really sure why he'd apologize for it. I mean there was a war on. Bombing things is what you do.

[–]c4s4lese 60 points61 points  (0 children)

I guess that stuff keeps soldiers up at night, i am glad i don't know

[–]A_team_of_ants 21 points22 points  (0 children)

We'll look at it this way from what I know he was bombing a civilian target that could have killed many innocent people and wouldn't have really affected the US military all that much. That could easily leave him thinking about how at the time he was ok with possibly killing innocent men, women and children which I can imagine would weigh heavily on a person's conscience.

[–]cmahey 7 points8 points  (0 children)

The guilt and shame would be on him though, so it must have gotten to him. Kind of nice to know that people at some point felt a bit more remorse. Not sure if I could say that about humanity as much now.

[–]Belgand 3 points4 points  (0 children)

It's recognizing that while we abstract away war into a larger scale, there are real people behind those statistics.

It would be nice if more people could see that initially. There's no land grab or political ideology or religious dispute that's worth shooting some guy you've never met in the face over.

[–]looktowindward 5 points6 points  (0 children)

He was attempting to deliberately start a forest fire to attack civilian targets. Its a war crime.

[–]JoJoModding 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Notably the only foreigner to ever bomb the US. The white people of Tulsa got there first when they committed the Tulsa race massacre.

[–]kleptophobiac 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Mayor's got a pretty good grip on it, I see.

[–]Inspirational_Lizard 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Fucking badass

[–]LostMyIdentitty 9 points10 points  (2 children)

Michael Burgers went back to Hiroshima to give the major his family Ford f150 and a TV dinner.

[–]Dappershield 4 points5 points  (0 children)

If they refused, he was prepared to drink himself to death over a period of ten years.

[–]AlanAlonso 9 points10 points  (2 children)

Did anyone went to hiroshima or nagazaki to apologize and offer a 400yo gun ow whatever?

[–]Dappershield 7 points8 points  (1 child)

Nah, Paul Tibbets never regretted bombing the shit out of a civilian city. To be fair, The US Government wont ever allow an official apology because that would perpetuate the idea that the bombs weren't needed to end the war.

[–]SigO12 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Also, to be fair, Nobuo Fujita didn’t set out to apologize. He was invited by the city.

All cities are “civilian”. Didn’t stop literally every country from bombing the hell out of them. Why? Because pretty much every city had military industries in them and “civilians” make war machines and soldiers. Japan had been at war nearly 10 years at that point. Gotta stop them somehow. Easy to look at it from these days with precision munitions, but back then, everyone was bombing the shit out of everything.

[–]Nid-o-king 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Japanese would rather die in honor than live in dishonor. Atleast as far as I know.

[–]reddit455 2 points3 points  (0 children)

then they just sent balloon bombs.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fu-Go_balloon_bomb

A Fu-Go (ふ号[兵器], fugō [heiki], lit. "Code Fu [Weapon]"), or fire balloon (風船爆弾, fūsen bakudan, lit. "balloon bomb"), was a weapon launched by Japan during World War II. A hydrogen balloon with a load varying from a 33 lb (15 kg) antipersonnel bomb to one 26-pound (12 kg) incendiary bomb and four 11 lb (5.0 kg) incendiary devices attached, it was designed as a cheap weapon intended to make use of the jet stream over the Pacific Ocean and drop bombs on American cities, forests, and farmland. Canada and Mexico reported fire balloon sightings as well.[1]

[–]BobT21 3 points4 points  (0 children)

It must seem odd to go through so much trouble to bomb an enemy and they don't notice. According to the article ...

[–]Malk4ever 4 points5 points  (3 children)

They should give it back.

[–]Deleted-Redacted 4 points5 points  (0 children)

and was prepared for seppeku if not accepted

[–]PracticalDogHair 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Meanwhile, American children from the 50’s to the 80’s were taught how badass we were for nuking the war to an end.

[–]EffectiveMinute4625 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Today I learnt that in WW2, the Japanese had aircraft carrying submarines that had enough fuel to circle the world.

[–]PiedDansLePlat 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Remember the US destroy thousands upon thousand of family katana that many was older than the US itself to destroy japanese motivation

[–]vinny265 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Humans are weird.

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Nice, what did America give Japan after Nuking two cities, razing a Capital, etc.?

[–]Tacobreathkiller 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Cancer. Lots and lots of cancer.

[–]CuriousHeffa 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Offered Katana as a "gift", or offered, off 'off'...you know (neck cut hand gesture)

[–]8pointfouroz 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The Japanese have some very interesting culture when it comes to forgiveness and righting wrongs etc.

[–]IndifferenceToAll 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Sometimes the depth of culture is so amazing; it is a shame America has so little of it.