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Japan in the 1950s


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Japan in the 1950s

  1. 1. A young Japanese woman in a kimono takes part in the Hula-Hoop craze that swept America and Japan in this October 30, 1958 picture. (AP Photo/Mitsunori Chigita)
  2. 2. Women greet repatriated Japanese soldiers, formerly prisoners of war, on April 26, 1950. The men bear the ashes of their friends who died during their imprisonment. (Photo by AP Photo via The Atlantic)
  3. 3. On August 3, 1951, six years after an atomic bomb was detonated above this spot in Hiroshima, a souvenir shop stands in the street near the shattered dome of the Industry Hall. The shop is operated by Kiyoshi Yoshikawa, who was injured in the blast. (Photo by AP Photo/Kyodo via The Atlantic)
  4. 4. Engines of U.S. Air Force B-26 bombers are revved up shortly before taking off from Far East Air Force field in Japan on September 20, 1950, for combat missions in Korea. The twin-engine bombers were flying round-the-clock missions in support of United Nations ground forces. (Photo by AP Photo/U.S. Air Force)
  5. 5. A Japanese girl carefully sorts cultured pearls raised on Kokichi Mikimoto's pearl farm near the tip of Japan's Ise peninsula on October 12, 1949. They are sorted according to color and size as well as shape. (Photo by AP Photo via The Atlantic)
  6. 6. Children In the Snow, Japan, 1950’s, Unosuke Gamou
  7. 7. Industrial training experts watch a light bulb machine drop bulbs down to other workers who sort them according to defects at Tokyo Shibaura Electric Co. in Tokyo on January 25, 1951. (Photo by Arthur Curlis/AP Photo/U.S. Army via The Atlantic)
  8. 8. Close up of the express engine Tsubame in Tokyo station on April 19, 1950. (AP Photo/Charles Gorry)
  9. 9. Passengers on a train traveling from Tokyo to Osaka go through three minutes of calisthenics under leadership of a drill master, during a five- minute stopover at Hammamatsu on August 27, 1952 Photo by Max Desfor/AP Photo
  10. 10. Pedestrians in Tokyo's Ginza district, circa 1950. (Photo by Evans/Three Lions/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
  11. 11. A female bus conductor in Tokyo, circa 1955. (Photo by Three Lions/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
  12. 12. A group of geisha girls being instructed by their teacher, circa 1955
  13. 13. A geisha laughing coquettishly with a male guest, left, and a geisha going home past a line of drying umbrellas in the alleyway, both circa 1955
  14. 14. Electrical appliances began entering Japanese kitchens from the mid 1950s.
  15. 15. Eiga Stars :: Portraits of Japanese Divas in Fan Magazines of the 1950s
  16. 16. To draw the public's attention to a new line of bathing suits, a Tokyo department store used live models to show off the suits on June 5, 1950. The rain didn't bother the curious, and both the girls and the crowd seemed to like the idea of staring at each other through the glass. (Photo by AP Photo via The Atlantic)
  17. 17. Photo of dancing under Japan's late-night ban in the 1950s
  18. 18. The heads all painted and the hair glued on, this Tokyo doll maker gets dolls ready for dressing in Tokyo on Jan. 26, 1950. Japan'’s doll makers are busy as girls day draws near. It is celebrated on April 3. (AP Photo/Charles Gorry)
  19. 19. Some 50 colorfully-garbed Buddhist monks march from the Buddhist goddess of Mercy Statue in Kyoto, Japan on May 11, 1958, after the unveiling of a memorial to Allied dead of World War II on June 8.AP Photo.
  20. 20. A female shoeshine in the Ginza district of Tokyo, circa 1955. (Photo by Orlando/Three Lions/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
  21. 21. Dining room of an orphanage in Osaka, Japan, on February 19, 1951, where the 160 orphans were fed each day on food purchased by the Wolfhounds, the 27th Infantry Regiment of the U.S. Army. (Photo by Jim Pringle/AP Photo via The Atlantic)
  22. 22. A Japanese woman removing weeds from a rice field. (Photo by Three Lions/Getty Images). Circa 1950
  23. 23. A lens is inspected at Tokyo's Nikon camera plant, on January 5, 1952. (Photo by Bob Schutz/AP Photo via The Atlantic)
  24. 24. A sandwich girl who carries a sign proclaiming a new type of club where folks who work nights can come and enjoy themselves during the day, stops to adjust the bells on her ankles in Tokyo, March 19, 1950. The cafe hours are from 1 to 6 p.m. and Japanese beer sells for 320 yen. (AP Photo/Charles Gorry)
  25. 25. At the "America Fair". Left: Three kimono clad Japanese girls sit at the base of a reproduction of the Statue of Liberty at the America Fair, which opened in Osaka, Japan on March 25, 1950. Right: A replica of the Mt. Rushmore memorial in South Dakota, one of the exhibits portraying U.S. history and notable scenes at the America Fair. (AP Photo/Charles Gorry, Library of Congress)
  26. 26. Pro-communist demonstrators stone Japanese policemen at the height of May Day riots in downtown Tokyo on May 1, 1952. Casualties were numerous on both sides as police used tear gas, guns and clubs to beat back the waves of rioters. (Photo by Max Desfor/AP Photo via The Atlantic)
  27. 27. A dazed Japanese youth, his face bruised and bleeding, is led from the riot scene by a policemen after pro-communist demonstrators were dispersed near the imperial palace grounds in Tokyo on May 1, 1952. (Photo by AP Photo via The Atlantic)
  28. 28. Rice being symbolically planted in a paddy field during a traditional annual rice festival in Osaka, Japan, circa 1955. (Photo by Evans/Three Lions/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
  29. 29. A woman, in traditional dress of kimono and platform shoes, boards a bus, Japan, circa 1950. (Photo by Frederick L. Hamilton/Three Lions/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
  30. 30. Japan's movie makers filming on the last day of the documentary about the Battleship Yamato. Studio men load shells into the guns of a model of the Yamato as they get it ready for the big scene on June 8, 1953. Photo by Yuichi Ishizaki/AP
  31. 31. A scene from “Battleship Yamato” is filmed in the studio pool of Japan's Shin-Toho Motion Picture Company on June 8, 1953. The background of sky and water ends at left and right, a camera crew in the foreground. (Photo by Yuichi Ishizaki/AP Photo via The Atlantic)
  32. 32. A movie studio workman rigs up one of the scale model warships used in filming a battle scene in a Japanese documentary that tells the story of the last day of the battleship Yamato, on June 8, 1953. (Photo by Yuichi Ishizaki/AP Photo via The Atlantic)
  33. 33. Two young girls in Kimonos in a street near the almost completed Tokyo Tower, July 1958. The tower is a TV and radio broadcasting antenna as well as a tourist attraction. (Photo by Keystone/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
  34. 34. Tooru Ohira, the Japanese voice of television's Superman, watches actor George Reeves closely while he dubs Japanese words for the show on July 7, 1959. Television has made a strong impression on the Japanese from Emperor Hirohito down. About 99 percent of Japanese TV shows are American, including the Emperor's favorite, “Superman”. (Photo by AP Photo via The Atlantic)
  35. 35. A young couple walking around in the Ginza district of Tokyo. 1959.
  36. 36. Beauty parlor in the Shmbashi district (Tokyo'’s number one geisha district) as the girls get ready for the New Year parties and celebrations they will attend in the evening on Jan. 4, 1950. (AP Photo/Charles Gorry)
  37. 37. Spectators equipped with fans watch a baseball game between Waseda and Keio Universities at Meiji Park, Tokyo, on June 1, 1954. At left Japanese counterpart of American cheerleader leads rooters whose fans are painted with school colors. (Photo by AP Photo via The Atlantic)
  38. 38. On the island of Iwo Jima, Japanese work crews cut up the wreckage of a naval vessel which was almost completely covered along the sandy beach on February 21, 1954. After a nine-year absence, the Japanese are back on the island of Iwo Jima, but as salvage workers. (Photo by AP Photo via The Atlantic)
  39. 39. The transition from former enemy to ally is evidenced by these GI-clad Japanese army volunteers during maneuvers at the Fuji Army School outside of Tokyo on May 15, 1957. (Photo by George Sweers/AP Photo via The Atlantic)
  40. 40. Women nurses of Japan's newly-formed Self-Defense Corps man an aid station on Hokkaido, Japan, during maneuvers on October 20, 1955. (Photo by AP Photo via The Atlantic)
  41. 41. A Shinto priest at the torii (gate) of Itsukushima Shrine at low tide on Itsukushima Island, Japan, circa 1955. (Photo by Three Lions/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
  42. 42. Ten thousand photo flashbulbs lit up a new television station and tower in downtown Tokyo on March 26, 1955, in what was called the biggest flash shot in the world. Radio Tokyo, in connection with a local flashbulb company, exploded the 10,000 bulbs on its new 516-foot television antenna to remind Tokyoites that it would begin telecasting on April 1. Thousands of camera fans crowded upper story windows and roof tops near the TV station to photograph the spectacle. (Photo by AP Photo via The Atlantic)
  43. 43. A stall selling fish at a market in Shinjuku, Tokyo. (Photo by Orlando /Three Lions/Getty Images). Circa 1955
  44. 44. Forty-five cameramen photograph the new Japanese cabinet at the Prime Minister's official residence in downtown Tokyo on December 17, 1954.(Photo by AP Photo via The Atlantic)
  45. 45. Micky Curtis, an Elvis Presley-style singer, strums his guitar and sings just beyond reach of female admirers in the Nichigeki Theater in Tokyo on February 18, 1958. AP Photo.
  46. 46. Two Geisha Girls, professional Japanese entertainers, practising their art; one is playing a samisen, a traditional Japanese stringed instrument, circa 1950. (Photo by Three Lions)
  47. 47. Children of repatriated families scoot around the deck of the Koan Maru as their parents prepare to disembark at Maizuru Bay, Japan, on March 24, 1953. Photo by Y. Jackson Ishizaki/AP
  48. 48. (AP Photo/Charles Gorry)
  49. 49. A group of men who work around the canals of Tokyo and Yokohama meet for a late evening snack. (Photo by Orlando /Three Lions/Getty Images). Circa 1950
  50. 50. Interior of a Tokyo department store in 1959, where a Japanese man wearing Geta, traditional wooden footwear, looks up at a poster-sized portrait of Abraham Lincoln hanging with two other posters about Lincoln's life. (Photo by Library of Congress via The Atlantic)
  51. 51. A huge replica of an H-bomb mushroom cloud is carried through the streets of Tokyo, Japan, on May 1, 1957, in protest of a planned British H-bomb test at Christmas Islands. (Photo by AP Photo via The Atlantic)
  52. 52. Japanese dancers of the Schochiku dancing troupe rehearse one of their new numbers in the “natsu-no-odori” summer dance scene which they performed at the Kokusai Theater in Tokyo on July 11, 1958. (Photo by Mitsunori Chigita/AP Photo via The Atlantic)
  53. 53. Survivors of the Hiroshima atomic bombing 10 years earlier, face newsmen and photographers at the Mitchel Air Force base on Long Island, New York, on May 9, 1955. Twenty-five Japanese girls, scarred by the blast, made the 6,700. Photo by Jacob Harris/AP
  54. 54. College students employed as uniformed “pushers” cram commuters into railroad passenger cars in Tokyo. (Photo by Library of Congress via The Atlantic)
  55. 55. Soldiers practice bayonet tactics at the Kokubu Army Camp in Japan on May 22, 1957. (AP Photo/George Sweers
  56. 56. Dom DiMaggio of the Boston Red Sox gets set to swing during an exhibition game between the American All-Stars and the Yomiuri Giants in Japan on October 20, 1951. AP Photo
  57. 57. Tomiko Kawabata sits in her car and admires her new all-transistor, portable television set which Sony put into mass production, in Tokyo, on January 5, 1960. AP Photo.
  58. 58. Japanese children press close to view an “outer world” space exhibit in a Tokyo department store on August 19, 1958. There they saw a rocket which landed on the surface of the moon, strange looking people of the moon walking around, and even a satellite going around the moon. (Photo by AP Photo via The Atlantic)
  59. 59. A combination of two comparative novelties to Japanese audiences, television and American wrestling, brought out a tremendous crowd of fans watching the bouts on an outdoor screen in Tokyo on February 21, 1954. (AP Photo/Max Desfor)
  60. 60. Golf enjoyed some popularity in Japan before World War II, but became a national obsession in the later years of postwar Japan. Here, a three-story driving range in use in Tokyo. AP Photo.
  61. 61. An area of Tokyo, seen from the sky on August 5, 1955. Modern buildings have wiped out the scars of flattened blocks. The Sumida River flows peacefully through the Hamacho district (foreground) and the Fukawaga district. Wholesale houses and warehouses occupy most of these districts. (Photo by AP Photo via The Atlantic)
  62. 62. Mount Fuji, viewed from a passing train. (AP Photo/Mitsunori Chigita)