Auction 102

Lot 37:

TOKYO FALL OF 1945

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Book titled ‘Tokyo – Fall of 1945’, Bunka-Sha, Inc., Tokyo, Japan, 1946, first edition. This is a photo essay on the immediate post-surrender situation in Tokyo and the initial recovery signs featuring black and white photographs by Ihei Kimura and Shunkichi Kikuchi (uncredited). During the war, Kimura worked as photographic editor of magazine ‘Front’ which quickly renamed itself ‘Company of Culture (Bunka-sha) ‘ after the surrender. The present book was its first publication. Most of the text is in Japanese, but there are some English language photo captions. The poetic foreword states that the city is wounded after the war’s end, but survives, with heart. Photos picture scenes of bombing destruction, but also of baseball games and people in the streets. The patched-together shops and homeless people are juxtaposed with cabarets along the Ginza, vegetable markets, playing children, and GIs interacting with the locals. Wrappers show some wear and have a few creases. Text is clean and free of marks. Softcover, approx. 64 pages, 7 x 10 inches.

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