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On this day in 1947… (October 20)

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

On July 18, 1947, Jiji Shimpo submitted an article to the Civil Censorship Detachment (CCD) with the headline, “なぜに咲いたか九段の櫻” [Why is the Kudan Cherry Tree Blooming?”], and portions of the article were deleted. (Call No. 47-loc-1279).

According to the article, one cherry blossom tree in the compound of the Yasukuni Shrine started to bloom on the morning of October 20, and a veteran visiting the shrine was “gazing earnestly” at the tree.  The final sentence was marked for deletion:


The CCD examiner translated the sentence as, “Comparing both, a branch of cherry-blossoms blooming madly amidst the Tokyo’s winter approaching sky, and the soldier.  Possibly it can be said an epitome of the world owing to recent rapid changings.”

A photograph is stuck to the back of one of the CCD documents with the image obscured (see the second image below).  The CCD markings are visible on the back of the photograph.  The Japanese galley of this article is available onsite in the Prange Collection and onsite at the National Diet Library of Japan (NDL) through NDL’s Digital Collection.

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