Although my headline might overstate the connectedness between the kami (god) Amaterasu, and the kamikaze, this article in the Japan Times does make something of a connection between them. It also ties together their flag, the Hinomaru, with sun-worship and heliocentricity.
Sixteen-rayed naval variant of the Hinomaru. The original flag dates back to 1274.
I've been reading up on this stuff, as I'm trying to write a science-fiction story with Japanese characters. And yes, one of them is named Amaterasu Omikami.
Last night, I went to my first USF game as an alumnus. I sat way up in the cheap seats, as they were really cheap. My ticket cost $11, compared to $39 for second tier, or $33 for first tier. (No, I'm not sure why first tier is cheaper than second. Perhaps a little elevation is necessary for best viewing of football?)
Regardless, I noticed that it was the student section where all the action was. It was the only section that was packed. And even though I was far up and on the other side of th stadium from them, I could still hear their fight songs and such.
If you look back far enough in this blog, you can find my videos from when I sat in that section. Going to games was a lot more fun then. Yes, I feel there's a lot more cachet in being a 42 year-old alumnus rather than a 41 year-old undergrad. (If someone doesn't ask when I graduated, I can let them believe it was twenty years ago.) However, I found myself growing nostalgic for last year.
For those who did graduate twenty years ago, from a school that had football back then, it must be really tough to go to a home game. Last night made me wonder how I'm going to feel at games in 2019 or 2029.
Of course if I went for a master's degree, I could probably sit in the student section again. Hmmm....