Tokyo: Yokusan Kamishibai Hanbai-sho [Yokusan Kamishibai Sales Agency] 翼賛紙芝居販売所, Showa 18 . Stock ID #159842
Complete set of 20 World War II coloured propaganda kamishibai cards, colour image on one side with the story in Japanese on the reverse. 25.5 x 36cm. Text side of the cards damp damaged in places, evenly browned, with some spotting. Propaganda kamishibai or storytelling cards set during the war in the Pacific War.
This set of kamishibai cards tells the story of an old man in a small village on a hill looking down on the sea. One day a young village woman, Oshino, who has been kind to this lonely old man, visits him, while he is maintaining his sword. The old man looks very serious while doing this and Oshio wonders why, because he usually looks very gentle. The old man tells Oshino that a sword is a soul of samurai and he wants to put his soul into it and plans to hand the sword over to his only son some day. The old man then tells of his past. He was once a non-commissioned officer in the Imperial Japanese Navy and a member of an artillery unit which deplorably had to sink Japanese warships decommissioned as a result of the Washington Naval Treaty in 1922. After the first stage of destroying the ships he joined the reserve duty and moved to this village. It has been eighteen years since then. It is now his resolution to watch the sea until he dies and to live hoping his only son, Kunio, will serve his country somewhere in the sea. Kunio is a naval bomber pilot at the time of the Pearl Harbour Attack. His mission is successful, but his plane is hit by enemy bullets and he dies diving his plane onto the enemy ship. When the news of Kunio's death and his last letter to his father arrive at the village, the old man has already passed away. The villagers build his grave under a pine tree looking down on the sea following the old man's will. Oshino borrows the letter from the village office and goes to the old man's grave to read the letter. Poignantly Kunio writes a letter of gratitude and farewell to his father before undergoing on his dangerous, and ultimately, fatal mission. (When referring to this item please quote stockid 159842).
Price: $1,450.00 AU