Showa 1926-1939: A History of Japan

Showa 1926-1939: A History of Japan

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ISBN-13: 9781770461352
Publisher: Drawn & Quarterly
Publication date: 11/12/2013
Series: Showa: A History of Japan Series , #1
Pages: 560
Sales rank: 190,294
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Born in 1922 in Sakaiminato, Tottori, Shigeru Mizuki is a specialist in stories of yokai and is considered a master of the genre. He is a member of the Japanese Society of Cultural Anthropology, and has traveled to more than sixty countries to engage in fieldwork of the yokai and spirits of different cultures. His work has been published in Japan, South Korea, France, Spain, Taiwan, and Italy, and he was the first manga-ka to win the grand prize at the Angoulême International Comics Festival, Europe's highest prize for comics.

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Showa 1926-1939: A History of Japan 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Clancy360 21 days ago
“We’re talking 500 million yen in earthquake loans.” (Mizuki 18). SHOWA a History of Japan book starts in the Japanese depression, at the same time as the American Depression but much worse. It shows that some countries have it worse than others. SHOWA A History of Japan tackles what people can do and some procrastinate they made little people out of dynamite and sticks and how the town is depressed. In the book SHOWA a History of Japan the reader is thrown in to a life after Japan after a earthquake hit. [EXTRA EXTRA READ ALL ABOUT IT JAPAN’S BANKS ARE THROWN INTO A [CRASH DUE TO THE EARTHQUAKE THAT HIT OVER NIGHT!] Everyone is poor, the stock markets have crashed, and just like America the currency. (in this case Yen instead of the dollar bill) is worth next to nothing. [The main character, in this book since most of the characters do not have names so his name to me is Billy, he has a great family with a younger and older brother, mom, dad, and a gramma figure called Nonnonba. The brothers go to school, while the dad tries to get a job, mom stays at home and cooks while Nonnonba helps with what she can. Later in the book Nonnonba dies and his little brother says “i can’t believe that Nonnonba is dead…” (Mizuki 275) and that China and Japan (Mizuki 276) “Relations between china and japan are about to explode.”The qoutes help prove that when bad things happen you can always find a way to deal with it through life. SHOWA a History of Japan is a great book if the reader wants to learn about the history of Japan during and their Great Depression that they had sooner pthan the Americans. The way it could grab readers is that it is in the style of a graphic novel, which for some people it is a little easier than a big block of text because the pictures that author Shigeru Mizuki drew helps show what the characters feel and how they look without describing them for the whole book. Designs of the characters are simple he does complex designs on people from history. Something to take away from this book is that be thankful for what everyone has. The way that the author presents his book is really good for people who can not read books with text blocks. Some people procrastinate and have to start the page over. One quote is “That Golden ball looks delicious.” (Mizuki Pg 29) this makes so the reader can read and not procrastinate while reading. SHOWA History of Japan also has a sad Tone;the japanese in their version of the Great Depression. In SHOWA a History of Japan it tackles what people can do in this town.The book is a great read its a graphic novel and that can be good or bad or how the reader looks at it, the book reads right to left wich to some Americans is a little confusing. The book makes the reader feel bad as the main character is trying to stay alive with what little money everyone has.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing, I went through it in two days and couldn't put it down. It is massive in scope and I'm amazed at how he is able to balance the telling of his own personal experiences with the larger, historical and political narrative. Funny, tragic, witty, critical, vulnerable, and very human. I can't wait to get the rest of them!