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Mongol invasions of Japan
  • November 19, 1274 Battle of Bun'ei.
    Kublai Khan's Yuan Dynasty attempts the first of several invasions of Japan (30,000 soldiers and support personnel sails from Korea).

    After the Mongols capture outlying islands, they are repulsed on the main island at the battle by amassed Japanese warriors and a strong storm which batters their forces and fleet. Credit for the storm — called a kamikaze, or divine wind — is given by the Japanese to the god Raiden.
  • August 15, 1281 Battle of Koan.
    The Mongols attempt to land Kyushu Island on August 12. But the invasion of Japan is foiled, as a large typhoon – famously called a kamikaze, or divine wind – destroys much of the combined Chinese and Korean fleet and forces, numbering over 140,000 men and 4,000 ships on August 15.

    It is highly probable that the battles above are a parody on the Battle of Kadesh, a historic battle between the forces of the Egyptian Empire under Ramesses II and the Hittite Empire under Muwatalli II at the city of Kadesh on the Orontes River, in what is now Syria.

    The Japanese imperial clan repeats the same parody during World War II.

    The year 1274 (Battle of Bun'ei) commemorated the year 1274 BC (the Battle of Kadesh).

    The story doesn't stop there. The Battle of Kadesh was fought around the Orontes River. It was anciently the chief river of the Levant, also called Typhon.

    Typhon was the deadliest monster of Greek mythology. He was known as the "Father of All Monsters."

    In 1281 BC, Tyhpon approached Earth in the Battle of Kadesh.

    And in 1274 and 1281, typhoons destroyed Mongol fleets. During World War II, Japan believed that the Kamikaze typhoon would save the nation.

    Finally, we must say that the word "typhoon" derives from the Ancient Egyptian mythology.
  • October 20, 1934 (birth) Empress Michiko, empress consort of Japan.
    The day is the Koki 660th anniversary of the Battle of Bun'ei.
  • December 8, 1941 Attack on Pearl Harbor (World War II).
    Date puns are part of Japan's tradition. In the Pearl Harbor Attack, dates are artfully arranged.
    year Koki year date Japanese calendar events
    1274 1934 November 19 October 20 First Mongol Invasion.
    Typhoon destroys Mongol fleet.
    1281 1941 August 15 July 30 Second Mongol Invasion.
    Typhoon destroys Mongol fleet.

    year Koki year date Japanese calendar events
    1941 2601 December 8 October 20 Pearl Harbor Attack.
    Kamikaze Typhoon suicide attack.


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