Kamishibai Story Plates [Mumei No Ha Ha: The Unsung Mother]. Japan World War II.
Kamishibai Story Plates [Mumei No Ha Ha: The Unsung Mother]

Kamishibai Story Plates [Mumei No Ha Ha: The Unsung Mother]

Tokyo: Np, ca 1944 (Showa 19). Stiff Boards. Folio, 39 x 27 cm. A complete set of 20 offset color plates in original paper envelope with printed paper label. Popular culture of the day prior to television a form of Japanese street theater and storytelling that was popular during the Depression of the 1930s and the postwar period in Japan, whereby Kamishibai performers on the street corners of Japan used these illustrations displayed within a miniature stage to narrate their presentation. Kamishibai has its earliest origins in Japanese Buddhist temples where Buddhist monks from the eighth century onward used emakimono ("picture scrolls") as pictorial aids for recounting their history of the monasteries. This story was designed to impart a sense of nationalism and morality to children, a subtle propaganda tool. This story of a Japanese mother who sends her son off to war, and to his death. Nevertheless, she continues her work at an airplane fqctory in the spirit of helping the war effort. Her final message at the story's end: "Destroy America and Great Britain." in a spirit of patriotism and national pride. On the verso of each plate there is text to explain the pictorial action , with the last plate carrying explication of the cover, and the cover verso of the first plate and so on. Images on card stock with graphics very well preserved. Outer paper envelope with slight tears. Covers and interior bright and clean. Orig. lettered brown card portfolio. Fine. Item #21881

Price: $1,250.00

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