MATERIAL: Hand-Written/Painted
TYPE: Personal Notebook
DIMENSIONS: 4 1/3 X 6 inches (closed)
COMPONENTS: 3 volumes; 416 pages
priceInfo: 761-766: 1213; 2000; 200, 335
ITEM ID: 1739
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WWII Teacher’s Diary Set

DATE
Year: 1943
Decade: 1940s
Century: 20th (1901-2000)
Notes: Showa 18

WWII Japanese diary set, the former property of Kogane, a teacher preparing for war. Kogane talks about the possibility of “fake” propaganda news coming out of Hawaii; Baseball being played secretly – even though it was banned as an American game; News of fighting at Tarawa and the Battle of Makin; Japanese in Manchukuo; Fighting in China; American submarines off the coast of Japan; America and Britain must be destroyed; the differences between America and Japan; the death of Yamamoto; a visit to Yasukuni Shrine; Shooting practice; Studying Russian; etc.

Some of the pages mention a red note by an instructor or superior officer praising that some good preparation was made beforehand; Mr. Kogane’s request for leave to his father’s home, with the permission seal by Mr. Hattori, company commander; a red note of reprimand about omissions and errors, and instruction to reread repeatedly so as not to repeat same errors; A red note by an instructor of praise, high evaluation. A sign above seems to be his written seal (KAOU 花押). If so, it’s an interesting feature.

These volumes give valuable insight into the mindset of the Japanese during the Pacific War as seen through the eyes of a young Japanese teacher preparing to go off to fight.

Scholar Aaron Moore commented, “Great documents. I assume they’re his training diaries. I write a bit about these documents in ‘Writing War’ and my 2009 JAS piece, ‘The Chimera of Privacy’.”