Showa 1953-1989: A History Of Japan by Shigeru MizukiShowa 1953-1989: A History Of Japan by Shigeru Mizuki

Showa 1953-1989: A History Of Japan

byShigeru MizukiTranslated byZack Davisson

Paperback | September 29, 2015

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The final volume in the Eisner-nominated history of Japan
Showa 1953-1989: A History of Japan concludes Shigeru Mizuki's dazzling autobiographical and historical account of Showa-period Japan, a portrait both intimate and ranging of a defining epoch. The final volume picks up in the wake of Japan's utter defeat in World War II, as a country reduced to rubble struggles to rise again. The Korean War brings new opportunities to a nation searching for an identity.
A former enemy becomes their greatest ally as the United States funnels money, jobs, and opportunity into Japan, hoping to establish the country as a bulwark against Soviet Communist expansion. Japan reinvents itself, emerging as an economic powerhouse. Events like the Tokyo Olympiad and the World's Fair introduce a friendlier Japan to the world, but this period of peace and plenty conceals a populace still struggling to come to terms with the devastation of World War II.
During this period of recovery and reconciliation, Mizuki's struggles mirror those of the nation. He fights his way back from poverty, becoming a celebrity who is beloved by millions of manga-reading children. However, prosperity cannot bring the happiness Mizuki craves, as he struggles to find meaning in the sacrifices made during the war.
The original Japanese edition of the Showa: A History of Japan series won Mizuki the prestigious Kodansha Manga Award; the English translation has been nominated for an Eisner Award.
Shigeru Mizuki , born on March 8, 1922, in Sakaiminato, Tottori, is a specialist in stories of yokai and is considered a master of the genre. In Japan, the life of Mizuki and his wife has been made into an extremely popular daily television drama. Mizuki is the recipient of many awards, including the Best Album Award for NonNonBa a...
Title:Showa 1953-1989: A History Of JapanFormat:PaperbackDimensions:552 pages, 8.75 × 6.59 × 2.06 inPublished:September 29, 2015Publisher:Drawn & QuarterlyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1770462015

ISBN - 13:9781770462014

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Some of the most compelling history storytelling Beginning to end the Showa series is a testament to how manga can be literature. Mizuki's history of the postwar recovery and boom is as unique and contrarian as the first three volumes in the series. And it reveals the poverty no one really knows about that preceded the boom times the world remembers. This series is some of the most compelling history you'll read. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-15

Editorial Reviews

Showa 1926-1939 . . . is a beautifully rendered overview . . . of Japan's strife-filled Showa period . . . through the goofy eyes of a growing boy with insatiable hungers. ? Los Angeles Review of Books

"Legendary manga artist Mizuki draws an exaggerated, hyper-cartoony version of himself amid some of the grimmest realities of twentieth-century Japan." ?NPR