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Doll - made and written by young female students in Gunma Pref.-

<Context of "Mascot" doll for morale-boosting purposes

This particular artifact is a “mascot” doll handcrafted by young female students.

The symbolic significance of the subject matter is that its creator wishes to show solidarity with the soldier recipient’s cause (and fate) by accompanying him into battle (even if only in doll form). Wartime photos often show tokkō pilots with these dolls directly attached to their flight suits or person, or hanging from a cockpit area item such as a canopy release latch.
Information of the Item
Document Format
Doll
Quantity
1
Instrument
cloth, brush
Size(cm)
15×15
Date of Creation
1945
Notes
Two local girls in Gunma prefecture presented this doll to second lieutenant Akira Hosoki, 22-year-old tokkō pilot.
Information of the Presentee
Name (Sex)
Akira Hosoki (M)
Age
22
Birthplace
Unnan City,
Shimane Pref.
School
-
Date of Death
April 6, 1945
Rank (posthumous)
Second Lieutenant
Sortie Base
Nyutabaru
Aircraft Type/Model
Tachikawa Ki-36
Unit Name
The Makoto 36th Squadron
Course
The 9th Graduate from Flight Crew Training School
Notes