Leaves from an Autumn of Emergencies Selections from the Wartime Diaries of Ordinary Japanese

ISBN-10: 0824829778

ISBN-13: 9780824829773

Edition: 2005

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Description: This collection of diaries gives readers a powerful, firsthand look at the effects of the Pacific War on eight ordinary Japanese. Immediate, vivid, and at times surprisingly frank, the diaries chronicle the last years of the war and its aftermath as experienced by a navy kamikaze pilot, an army straggler on Okinawa, an elderly Kyoto businessman, a Tokyo housewife, a young working woman in Tokyo, a teenage girl mobilized for war work, and two schoolchildren evacuated to the countryside. Samuel Yamashita's introduction provides a helpful overview of the historiography on wartime Japan and offers valuable insights into the important, everyday issues that concerned Japanese during a different and disastrously difficult time.

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List price: $28.00
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: University of Hawaii Press
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 330
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

The Pacific War and ordinary Japanesep. 3
Japanese wartime diaries
Itabashi Yasuo : the diary of a navy special-attack pilotp. 51
Tamura Tsunejiro : bittersweet : the wartime and postwar diary of an ordinary Kyoto personp. 81
Nomura Seiki : the diary of a defeated Japanese soldierp. 131
Takahashi Aiko : from the start of the warp. 161
Yoshizawa Hisako : until the war endedp. 191
Maeda Shoko : the diary of a labor service corps girlp. 221
Manabe Ichiro : the diary of an evacuated schoolboyp. 235
Nakane Mihoko : the diary of an evacuated schoolgirlp. 267
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