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Tokyo Senkyuhakuyonjugo-nen aki - Tokyo Fall of 1945.

KIMURA Ihei (1946.)

£350.00  [First Edition]

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First edition. Numerous photographic illustrations. Text in English and Japanese. 8vo. Original printed wrappers (minor rubbing), overall still a very good copy. [66]pp. Tokyo, Bunka-sha,

During the war Kimura worked as photographic editor of magazine 'Front' which quickly renamed itself 'Company of Culture (Bunka-sha)' after the surrender. The present was it's first publication. The 'forward' is rich in metaphor: "The cause of the disease was deeper than expected and had laid hidden within the body for a long time. It was clear to anyone that this necessitated a big surgical operation. And then in the summer of 1945, a surgical operation of great proportion was effected in the presence of many witnesses... Tokyo today is still convalescent. She is still far from being called a metropolis, but has taken her first unsteady step after having undergone treatments such as continuous injections and blood tranfusions. The scars of her surgical operation is still fresh...". Black markets, GIs & Jeeps, queues, returning soldiers, cereals being grown at Nihonbashi, and scars everywhere... this is a superb document from beginning to end. Rare. Five copies in OCLC.

Stock Code: 208177