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Featured magazines – published in Shizuoka-ken

This post is Part IV in a continuing series on Prange Collection magazines that are now available in digital form onsite at the National Diet Library of Japan (NDL). (Also see Part I: Kyoto-fu, Part II: Hokkaido, and Part III: Kagoshima-ken.) 

In this post, we are featuring magazines published in Shizuoka-ken.


  • [1巻1号(1948年10月)-2巻9号通巻12号(1949年9月)] (Call No. C5)

An agricultural magazine, “Cha/茶”, was published in Showa-cho/昭和町 by Shizuoka-ken Chanogyo Kyodo Kumiai Rengokai/静岡県茶農業協同組合連合会.  It contains many technical articles, such as “Introduction to the Newest Tea Making” (Vol. 2, No. 4) or “Application of the Labor Standards Act in a Tea-making Factory” (Vol. 2, No. 5).

  • 田園 [1巻1号(1947年10月)-3巻5号(1949年5月)] (Call No. D138)

“Denen/田園” is also an agricultural magazine published by Shizuoka-ken Nogyokai/静岡県農業会. It includes several technical articles, such as “Re-opening of foreign trade and what farmers should prepare for/貿易再開と農民の覚悟” (Vol. 2), but it also offers readings for entertainment for all age groups, such as comic strips, recipes, and Romaji lessons.


  • 第三日本 [134号(1948年5月)-148号(1949年9月)] (call No. D57)

“Daisan Nihon/第三日本” was published by Soto Gakujutsuin/総統学術院 in order to promote Daisan Minshu Domei/第三民主同盟.  It includes political essays and workshops for youth and women.

  • 団報 [1946年12月] (Call No. D79)

“Danpo/団報, ” published by Ogasa-gun Kumami-mura Seinendan/小笠郡倉真村青年団, offers Haiku, essays and poems from the members of the young men’s association.  You can see 5 disapprovals from the Civil Censorship Detachment (CCD) in multiple essays, but due to the poor quality of the printing, it is hard to read the contents.


  • デルタ [1号(1948年10月)] (Call No. D201)

“Deruta/デルタ” is a student newsletter published by Shizuoka Kenritsu Mishima Daini Koto Gakko Bungeibu/静岡県立三島第二高等学校文芸部.  The members of the club published their movie or tanka reviews and essays.  The editors expressed their gratitude to teachers who helped them to publish this newsletter.

“Chikusan Kurabu/畜産クラブ” is also a student newsletter published by “Shizuoka Kenritsu Shizuoka Nogakko Bungeihan/静岡県立静岡農學校文芸班.  Unlike “Deruta” above, “Chikusan Kurabu” offers more technical articles on the topics related to farming.

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Fall Open House 2015

On Thursday, October 22, the Prange Collection and the George Meany Memorial AFL-CIO Archive, both housed in Special Collections and University Archives at the University of Maryland, co-sponsored an open house.   Following a short program, the guests were invited to view labor-related materials from both collections.

Also see posts about the Prange Collection Open Houses in 2013 and 2014.

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Featured Publication: Newspapers under the Occupation: Postwar Japan through the lens of the City of Beppu [Gen Shobo: August 2015]

Newspapers under the Occupation: Postwar Japan through the lens of the City of Beppu  [Gen Shobo: August 2015]

This book illuminates the landscape and people’s lives in the City of Beppu during the Occupation of Japan by showcasing 52 local newspapers issued from March 1946 to October 1949. It consists of five themes:  (1) Repatriation, Housing Shortages, and Black Markets, (2) the Hot Spring City that Never Sleeps, (3) the Evolution of Democratic Japan, (4) A Commercial City, and (5) Blogs during the Occupation Period.  The book includes images of original articles and bibliographical data, such as publisher, publishing period, and price. All of these local newspapers are accessible in the Prange Collection, the National Diet Library of Japan (main library), and higher education and research institutions with a full set of the Prange microfilms.

This blog post is approved by the author and publisher.

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Kabuki-related materials are digitized

A couple of weeks ago,  we posted the great news that 330 censored Kabuki scripts will be digitized by the Shochiku Otani Toshokan.  Though we have no Kabuki scripts in the Prange Collection (as far as we know), we’re happy to announce that we have recently digitized approximately 30 Kabuki-related books as a part of the digitization of the books of literature in the Prange Collection.  Below are some examples.

The digital images of these books are currently only available onsite in the Prange Collection.  The books are uncatalogued, but a basic inventory is also available onsite in the Prange Collection.

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NDL’s new exhibit “1945: The things we read and wrote before and after the war ended”

On October 5, an exhibit opened at the The National Diet Library of Japan  entitled, “1945: The things we read and wrote before and after the war ended.”  According to the NDL website, the exhibit includes letters, diaries, books and journals published or written in 1945, before and after the end of World War II. It is on display in the Tokyo Main Library through November 2 and will be on display at the Kansai-kan, a branch of NDL, November 13 through 28.

The Prange Collection holds some of the magazines that are on display, including “Shinsei/新生=VITA NOVA” (see images below).   Many passages are underlined by the censor in the article, “Kido Naifu no sekinin: Kaisen no zengo/木戸内府の責任: 開戦の前後” by Iwabuchi Tatsuo/岩淵辰雄, which appears in the first issue, but no censorship action is indicated.  On the other hand, the article “Musan seito no saishuppatsu/無産政党の再出発” by Kagawa Toyohiko/賀川豊彦 bears no censorship markings, but an accompanying Civil Censorship Detachment (CCD) document indicates that a portion of the article was deleted.

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On this day in 1947… (October 20)

This post is a part of continuing series on the Censored Newspaper Articles (CNAs).

On October 20, 1947, Tokyo Shimbun submitted one article about the launch of “Sakura” –  English written graphical magazine introducing Japan.  The Civil Censorship Detachment(CCD) allowed Tokyo Shimbun to publish the article with a condition to delete some passage.   Click the image to see the CCD documents stored with the Japanese galley.  In the Japanese galley, the deleted section reads “誕生早々バイヤー、[や]GI間に大もてでPXに毎月二万部、米本國にも貿易品として第一号から渡ることになった.” (Prange Call No. 47-loc-1276)

The Prange Collection holds the galley of October 1947 issue of Sakura (Prange Call No. Za39).  See the images below.

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The UMD Libraries celebrate the 150th anniversary of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

This year marks the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.  As a part of the celebration, Special Collections and University Archives at the University of Maryland Libraries opened an exhibition, “Alice 150 Years and Counting…The Legacy of Lewis Carroll: Selections from the Collection of August and Clare Imholtz”.   The exhibit takes place in the Maryland Room Gallery on the 1st Floor of Hornbake Library North and will be on display from October 2015 through July 2016.

The Prange Collection also holds several Alice-related materials — translations into Japanese of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass, as well as adaptations for teaching materials and young children’s magazines.  You can view this mini-exhibit, Alice in Japan, in the Maryland Room (adjacent to the Maryland Room Gallery), September 2015 through December 2015.


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