Sans soleil

Before drinking his last cup of saké Ryoji Uebara had written:
"I have always thought that Japan must live free in order to live eternally.
It may seem idiotic to say that today, under a totalitarian regime.
We kamikaze pilots are machines, we have nothing to say,
except to beg our compatriots to make Japan the great country of our dreams.

In the plane I am a machine, a bit of magnetized metal
that will plaster itself against an aircraft carrier.

But once on the ground I am a human being
with feelings and passions.

Please excuse these disorganized thoughts.
I'm leaving you a rather melancholy picture,
but in the depths of my heart I am happy.

I have spoken frankly, forgive me."