Hyūga was the second of two Ise-class battleships built for the
Imperial Japanese Navy during the 1910s. The battleship supported
Japanese forces in the early 1920s during the Siberian intervention in
the Russian Civil War, and assisted survivors of the Great Kantō
earthquake in 1923. The ship was partially modernised between 1927 and
1932 and rebuilt in the pagoda mast style, with further improvements in
1934–1936. Hyūga played a minor role in the Second Sino-Japanese War,
but was considered obsolete by the eve of the Pacific War. Following the
loss of most of the navy's large aircraft carriers during the Battle of
Midway in mid-1942, the battleship was rebuilt with a flight deck, but
lacked aircraft and qualified pilots throughout the war. In late 1944
the ship helped to decoy an American carrier fleet away from the landing
beaches at Leyte. Hyūga was sunk during American airstrikes in July
1945. (This article is part of a featured topic: Battleships of
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1. A piece of glass with a reflective surface that one may look into to
see an image of oneself; a mirror.
2. A way into a bizarre world.
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that point, I started keeping all of my answers blunt and
straightforward. I would mix in some humor and sarcasm, too. I think
fans and reporters came to appreciate that, came to appreciate the real
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