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Mongolian 'kamikaze' victim found off Japan coast

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  1. Himanshu Pandey

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    The 13th century wreck of an invading Mongolian ship that fell victim to a famous typhoon known in Japan as the "kamikaze" or "divine wind" has been found off the country's southern coast.

    A long section of the keel of a wooden vessel, thought to have been one of more than 4,000 sent by Kublai Khan to conquer Japan, was discovered beneath the sea bed near Nagasaki, the Mainichi Shimbun and other media reported.

    The huge invading fleet of 1281 is believed to have been sunk by a powerful typhoon that became known in Japan as the "kamikaze" -- a "divine wind" that protected a chosen nation.

    The wreck, which is buried in a metre (three feet) of mud, was found by a team led by Yoshifumi Ikeda, professor of archaeology at the University of the Ryukyus in Okinawa.

    The team found a 12-metre section of the keel with several long pieces of wood attached.

    Experts estimate the vessel was at least 20 metres long before it sank off the island of Takashima in northern Nagasaki prefecture.

    Ikeda said a number of pieces of Chinese pottery dating from the 12th and 13th centuries were also found at the site, helping to pinpoint the age of the boat.

    The Mongolian-ruled Yuan dynasty of China, led initially by Genghis Khan's grandson, Kublai, tried to conquer the samurai warriors of Japan on two occasions, in 1274 and 1281.

    About 900 ships were sent in the first attempt. Battles were fought in Kyushu, Japan's main southern island, but the invasion attempt failed.

    The much bigger, second fleet of 4,400 ships was largely sunk by the huge typhoon that the Japanese attributed to divine intervention, giving currency to the notion of "kamikaze", a word now largely associated with the suicide pilots of World War II.

    Around 4,000 artefacts from the wreck, including the anchor, were previously known about, but researchers hope the discovery of such a large and well-preserved section of the boat will help them to understand more about the invading fleet.

    "This discovery was of major importance for our research. We are planning to expand search efforts and find further information that can help us restore the whole ship," Ikeda said.

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    Ancient Mongol ship found off Japan
    Nagasaki, Japan (UPI) Oct 26, 2011 - Researchers say the ancient wreck of a ship believed to have participated in a failed Mongol invasion of Japan has been found off the Japanese coast.

    A 36-foot section of a ship's keel was discovered buried in deep sand off Nagasaki prefecture by researchers from the University of the Ryukyus in Okinawa, the BBC reported Tuesday.

    Researchers said it was rare to find such a large piece of hull from the Mongol invasion fleets, whose 13th century attempts to attack Japan proved a rare setback for the Mongols at the height of their powers.

    Bricks, weapons and other instruments were found with the section of hull, the researchers said, and experts said it was surprising the wreck was so well preserved after so many centuries on the seabed.

    Japanese tradition attributes the country's victory over the Mongol fleets to storms that wrecked the ships during both attempted invasions in 1274 and 1281.
     
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    The mongolians were so badly defeated by the samurais that they tried to go back to their ships and were chased in the water and chopped off by samurais. All the mobility of mongolian army was of no use against the superior skills of samurai
     
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    Actually the Mongolians were killed by a furious hurricane.
     
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    Most of the ships did get blown off and sank in the seas however a few ships came ashore in two places in Japan and that is where they were defeated by the samurais.
     
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