Tag Archive | children’s

Featured Publication: “Publications for Children Under the Occupation of Japan and GHQ’s Censorship [Kyodo Bunkasha: June 2016]

Eiko, Tani. Senryōka no jidō shuppanbutsu to jīeichikyū no ken’etsu : gōdon daburyū purange bunko ni saguru/占領下の児童出版物とGHQの検閱 : ゴードンW.プランゲ文庫に探る. Kyōdō Bunkasha, 2016.  This book illuminates the ways in which GHQ/SCAP censored children’s publications issued during the Allied Occupation of Japan, including books, magazines, newspapers, kamishibai and more. This research reveals that, at a minimum, a […]

Advertisements in children’s magazines

Sometimes the advertisements in the Prange Collection magazines are as telling about the time period as the magazine articles.  Below are some examples of advertisements on the back covers of several children’s magazines.  Not surprisingly, there are many advertisements for pencils, dictionaries, and crayons.  There are also advertisements for a harmonica and a portable radio. […]

Kamishibai and doll play books in the Literature-General Section (PN)

The Prange Collection completed the scanning of 518 items in the Literature-General section (Call no. starts with PN-) last year.  Among them were six books related to Kamishibai and doll plays.  The targeted audience was teachers who were interested in utilizing Kamishibai and doll plays in their classrooms. One of the interesting items among them […]

The Jeep: a symbol of the Occupation Forces

The image of the Jeep is often associated with the Allied presence in Japan during the Occupation.  Some saw it as a symbol of power; others saw it as a reminder of defeat.  Either way, Jeeps drove into the daily lives of the Japanese as soon as the Occupation began.  It is, therefore, no surprise […]