1939. Item #87972
[MAGAZINE] KATÔ SHINKICHI, editor. HOKUSHI THE NORTH CHINA Genchi Henshû Peiping, Tokyo, Osaka. Showa 14 - 18. [1939-1943]. All 51 issues of this important record of the Japanese occupation of North China during the Pacific war, in wrappers as they originaly appeared. As the subtitle indicates, it was edited "onsite" in Peiping and then printed in Japan. At first intended for an international audience to illustrate the normality of life in North China under the Japanese, by the early months of 1942, after war with the West was truly joined, the English subtitle and occasional English captions were dropped. From beginning to end, a remarkably well-crafted magazine from a graphic point of view with many wonderful photos printed on relatively good quality paper. By the final issues, which appeared in 1943, the subjects became more and more military, but until then, one could scarcely have realized there was still a war on in China.... the scenes of daily life were sunny and optimistic, the faces smiling and content as people undertook the "reconstruction" of the North. An interesting example of wartime propaganda done with artistic flair and psychological skill. Quite unusual. Not present in the National Diet Library in Japan, though Tokyo University seems to have a copy. There are a few institutions in the US that have incomplete runs (LOC, Harvard, Cornell & Stanford), plus it would appear that Yale has a full set. Good condition and complete.