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Saturday, May 14, 2016

Photos Of WWII Japanese Officer Committing Seppuku

Seppuku, also known as harakiri, is a Japanese ritual suicide carried out by the samurai. It is an ancient tradition, practiced as part of the samurai code of honor — also known as bushido, to die honorably after falling into the hands of the enemies, bringing shame to themselves, or as capital punishment for committing a serious crime.

Photos Of WWII Japanese Officer Committing Seppuku

The first recorded seppuku goes back to the year 1180 A.D. when the poet Minamoto no Yorimasa committed the ritual suicide on a battlefield. The practice then started to gain great significance, and was even used as form of capital punishment in Japan for a brief period of time.

During WWII, Japanese officers who have failed in their duties would often commit suicide.

Photos Of WWII Japanese Officer Committing Seppuku

Seppuku has been considered brutal by foreigners because of the method it is executed. Traditionally, it consists of plunging the blade into the abdomen, drawing it horizontally from left to right, before turning the blade upward. A kaishakunin —idiomatically means his "second"— would stand by during the ceremony, and would deliver the final blow when the time is right. Throughout WWII, the final blow was done using a rifle.

The following photo series shows an unnamed Japanese officer committing seppuku after a defeat.

The officer was shown preparing the blade for his ritual suicide.

He wrapped a portion of the blade with a piece of cloth to avoid cutting his hands and losing his grip.

The second man delivered the final blow to the Japanese officer after the blade was plunged into his abdomen.

The last recorded seppuku was committed by Isao Inokuma back in 2001.

Seppuku as judicial punishment has already been abolished in 1873, but voluntary seppuku didn't completely die out. It's an ancient old tradition that's been deeply ingrained into the Japanese people and their culture.

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