Cette photo montre le caporal Yukio Araki, 17 ans, tenant un chiot dans les bras, la veille de la mission kamikaze à Okinawa en 1945. Yukio est mort lors de cette attaque, comme tous les autres pilotes suicidaires, pratiquement tous âgés de 17 à 22 ans.
Kimono- clad dolls were sometimes stitched to the pilot's uniform or attached to his belt for good luck. Referred to as masukotto ningyo (mascot dolls), they were hand-made by Japanese women and sent to servicemen. It was considered that they had a spirit of their own and would bring good luck to the Kamikaze pilot. Kamikaze Attacks of World War II: A Complete History of Japanese Suicide ... - Robin L. Rielly - Google Books