Apr 04, 2020 · Doshinsha was founded in 1957, but grew out of a group that was formed 10 years earlier with the aim of rehabilitating kamishibai’s reputation after the war. Japan’s wartime use of kamishibai ...
Kamishibai is a form of picture storytelling that evolved in Japan at the beginning of the twentieth century. With the coming of World War II, it became one of the most widely used mediums for propaganda , targeting both children on the homefront and newly colonized nations. This paper examines some of the types of wartime
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During World War II, kamishibai became as important as film, radio, and other mass media for spreading the militaristic government’s agenda and convincing people of all ages of the divinity of the Imperial lineage (Orbaugh, 2014).
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Because of their often sensationalistic content, street performances of all kinds were subject to frequent bans by the authorities, and kamishibai was no exception. In 1929, when tachi-e was undergoing a ban, three street performers in Tokyo (Takahashi Seizō, Gotō Terakura, and Tanaka Jirō) put their heads together to develop a new form of picture-...
In the early 1930s, Japan was suffering from a world-wide depression that sent the unemployed from all walks of life into the streets. With few other options, many became gaitō kamishibai performers. The new hira-estyle of kamishibai did not require extensive training, and almost anyone with a bicycle, a stage, and a voice could set up in the trade...
Without this increase in publishers of educational kamishibai, it is unlikely that Japan’s militaristic government would have called upon kamishibai to play such a pivotal role as a media for propaganda in the build up to World War II. By the beginning of World War II (1941-1945) and middle of the second Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945), published kam...
The use of kamishibai for propaganda during World War II made it an object of particular scrutiny when the war ended. General Douglas MacArthur and the Allied Powers were anxious to purge Japan of its former Imperialist ambitions, and kamishibai performers after the war had to get their stamp of approval. Nonetheless, people turned once again in dr...
Perhaps the biggest growth in interest in kamishibai as a format is happening outside Japan. Artists and kamishibai practitioners involved in the tezukuri kamishibai movement have actively been transporting kamishibai to countries throughout Asia and the middle-east to encourage local artists to create their own stories. Gaitō street performance ar...
Oct 20, 2021 · Japan’s role in World War II began way before this time, back in 1931, when their army seized Manchuria in China. This event took place before Pearl Harbor, and along with their imperial expansion of Manchuria, this continued with Inner Mongolia in 1936 and China in 1937.
Jan 21, 2020 · The Empire of Japan entered World War II on 27th, September, 1940 by signing the Tripartite Pact with Germany and Italy, and the Japanese invasion of French Indochina, though it wasn’t until the attack on Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941 that the U.S. entered the conflict.