Treasures

Featured magazines published in Akita Prefecture

This post is Part XIV in a continuing series on a portion of the Prange magazine collection that is now available in digital form onsite at the National Diet Library of Japan (NDL). (See the series in Featured Magazines.)  In this post, we are featuring magazines published in Akita Prefecture.  電鐘. [6巻(1947年7・8月)-10巻(1948年5月)]. (Call No. D-195) Densho/電鐘 is a newsletter […]

Featured education book: “Shakai to seikatsu”

In September 2015, we began digitizing the education books in the Prange Collection.  We’ll share interesting educational materials with you as the scanning project progresses.  A list of posts in this series can be found here.    Today we’re featuring “Shakai to seikatsu/社會と生活” [Society and Life] (Prange Call No. 437-0035).  Published in July 1948, Shakai to seikatsu covered a variety […]

Yukawa Hideki, 1st Japanese Recipient of a Nobel Prize

In November 1949, Dr. Hideki Yukawa/湯川秀樹 (1907-1981) received the Nobel Prize in Physics for “his prediction of the existence of mesons on the basis of theoretical work on nuclear forces.”[1]  He was the first Japanese to receive a Nobel Prize. Below are several examples of works by Dr. Yukawa, including books and magazine articles.   […]

Culture Day in 1948

The Public Holiday Law of 1948 established several new Japanese national holidays. Culture Day/文化の日 was one of them. It is celebrated on November 3, the date that the Japanese Constitution was promulgated in 1946. This article and accompanying photograph by Nikkan Shashin Tsushin/日刊寫眞通信, dated November 3, 1948, lists events in Tokyo commemorating the first Culture […]

Raising a Child: Then and Now (Part V – Raising a “Good” Baby)

[This is a guest post written by Risa Tanji, a Student Assistant in Special Collections & University Archives, who works primarily in the Prange Collection.  This is the last post of the series. See also the Introduction, Part I, Part II, Part III, and Part IV.] The meaning of good parenting has evolved over time. […]

Raising a Child: Then and Now (Part IV – Snacks and Weaning Foods)

[This is a guest post written by Risa Tanji, a Student Assistant in Special Collections & University Archives, who works primarily in the Prange Collection.  See Introduction, Part I, Part II, and Part III.] As babies grow, parents begin to introduce baby foods and snacks to their diet to familiarize them with the way that […]

Dr. Takashi Nagai – Fujin Gaho article on August 1949

Today we mark the 74th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb on Nagasaki. The August 1949 issue of the women’s magazine, Fujin Gaho/婦人画報 (Prange Call No. F62), included an article entitled, “Seimei no tomoshibi: Kaminari oyaji/生命の灯:雷おやぢ,” by Takashi Nagai/永井隆 (1908-1951). Nagai was a physician who survived the dropping of the atomic bomb on […]

Raising a Child: Then and Now (Part III – Mothers’ Health)

[This is a guest post written by Risa Tanji, a Student Assistant in Special Collections & University Archives, who works primarily in the Prange Collection.  See Introduction, Part I and Part II.] After reading several books published during the Occupation of Japan on raising children, such as The Common Sense of Child Rearing/育児の常識 (Prange Call No. […]

Raising a Child: Then and Now (Part II – Breast Milk vs. Infant Formula)

[This is a guest post written by Risa Tanji, a Student Assistant in Special Collections & University Archives, who works primarily in the Prange Collection.  See Introduction and Part I.] This week, August 1 through August 7, is World Breastfeeding Week!  In honor of this week, I will explore one of the most discussed topics in […]

Raising a Child: Then and Now (Part I- Babies’ Growth and Health)

[This is a guest post written by Risa Tanji, a Student Assistant in Special Collections & University Archives, who works primarily in the Prange Collection.] I started researching for this blog series by comparing the Average Standard Growth chart (see chart 2-1 on p.10) published by the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare to the […]