Kamikaze pilot headband for opinions...
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Because of the time difference, I could not respond earlier.
The last 2 comments hit the nail on the head. This headband would be more for something like an army sportfest than Kamikaze.
Toyoda-butai is the type of unit designation used between 1937 and 1940, not to use the official unit designations for security reasons. It would not have anything to do with Toyota. By the way, the family name for the motor company is Toyoda, not Toyota. They changed the pronunciation of the company name, as "da" is regarded as an "unrefined consonant" or "voiced consonant", which has a negative image in Japan.
必勝 means "Determined to win" and is a kind of oath to oneself. You make that oath by writing this in your own handwriting either as hachimaki or on a piece of paper to put up on the wall. The phrase is a stereotyped standard for kids cramming for a university exam even today, so it is commonly used outside the context of war. See the cartoon below. A senior person may also write something like this and give it to others as his wish of victory for the junior person's endeavors, which is the kind of scenario we have. Printing makes everything less personal, but when you have something like a sport festival with companies competing with each other, company commander Toyoda likely printed 200 of these for his men.
A printed impersonal hachimaki like this would have been a insulting thing to give to a Kamikaze pilot, so no it cannot be what it is advertised to be.
Still a very interesting item, and we've all learned something