What is It? Japanese Comic Book?

Category: What on Earth!?

It's been awhile since I've posted anything that we find in the house, but I came across this the other day and I can't find out anything about it.

It appears to be a Japanese Comic Book of some kind. Anyone recognize this? (I put these in here as pop-up images, so you can click on the photo and make it larger.)

There are many, many more pages. It's about the thickness of a beefy magazine. More Wired thickness than Newsweek thickness. I couldn't find a date on it anywhere, though it was in with other material from the 1930's and 1940's.

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It is definitely Japanese. You might try contacting the Japan Information Center at the Japanese Consulate in Chicago. One of the native Japanese speakers might be able to help you.

It looks like the date appears in the lower left corner, but if the book is as old as you suspect, the date will be written relative to some other date (Period) and I just can't remember how that works. Sorry!

My Japanese is very rusty. But judging from the title, this is an illustrated version of the story of the 47 Ronin ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forty-seven_Ronin ), a story that continues to live on in current TV shows and manga in Japan. It looks like this is an illustrated story book written for Japanese school children around the age of 11 or so. It's less of a "comic book" and more of an "Illustrated Classic".

Any serious student of Japanese language or literature should be able to tell you more about this book. Good luck!

Great illustrations! Could it be a comic book depiction of some event in Japanese history? The cover with the mother reading it to her little children gives the idea that she's passing something on to them. And the thumbnail shots of other books in the series (I'm assuming) seem to have historical subjects as well.

Where did you find it?

Now I'm curious- I have no idea what it is, but there are definitely some interesting drawings. In the second one, isn't he whipping the other person?

Hi, I'm from Japan. This is a picture book for children, published by Kodan-sha; it looked to be published during world war II. The story of Samurai after the cover of the magagine is called "Chu-shin-gura," which has been very popular in Japan. It's usually performed in December. The story talks about importance of loyality to their boss. So, it is also used to teach loyalty to their boss (i.e. their parents) children. It's very interesting for me to know how you got this magagine.

Wow...cool! Now I'm interested in scanning more of the book and uploading it somewhere.

I also posted this question at Ask Metafilter and here are the answers from that site.

Saikko & Kate -- The book came with the house. That long story is here. There are more items from Japan around the same time that this book was procured that you can see elsewhere on this blog.

Thanks all!

Keep focusing on your blog. I love how we can all express our feelings. This is an extremely nice blog here :)

I really like the colors here on your blog. did you design this yourself or did you outsource it to a professional?


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