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Cover -- Legacies of the Asia-Pacific War: The yakeato generation -- Copyright -- Contents -- Figures -- Contributors -- Acknowledgements -- Part I Setting the stage for the yakeato generation -- 1 Legacies of the Asia-Pacific War: The yakeato (the burnt-out ruins) generation -- 2 Nihon ni okeru kyō no sengoron: Current post-war discourse in Japan -- Part II Pre-yakeato: Provenance of a generation to come -- 3 Ōhara Tomie and A Woman Called En -- 4 The legacy of Watanabe Kazuo (1901-1975) -- Part III The yakeato cohort: Offspring of war -- 5 The legacy of the yakeato generation: Oda Makoto's literary social criticism -- 6 A yakeato poet: Irisawa Yasuo -- 7 Ariyoshi Sawako and Sono Ayako: Young women writers of the yakeato generation -- Part IV Post-yakeato: The heritage of a generation -- 8 Graphic depictions of the Asia-Pacific War -- 9 Laughter and tears: The complex narrative of Nosaka Akiyuki's Hotaru no haka (Grave of the Fireflies) -- 10 Japanese poetry and the legacies of war -- 11 Language and body: Betsuyaku Minoru and the 'Small Theatre movement' (Shōgekijō undō) in the 1960s -- 12 Kuroki Kazuo's requiem for war -- 13 Architecture in the Mono-no-nai-jidai -- 14 Summation: Children of war -- Yakeato research bibliography -- Index.
When we look in detail at the various peripheral groups of disenfranchised people emerging from the aftermath of the Asia-Pacific War the list is startling: Koreans in Japan (migrants or forced labourers), Burakumin, Hibakusha, Okinawans, Asian minorities, comfort women and many others. Many of these groups have been discussed in a large corpus of what we may call 'disenfranchised literature', and the research presented in this book intends to add an additional and particularly controversial example to the long list of the voice- and powerless. The presence of members of what is known as the yakeato sedai or the generation of people who experienced the fire-bombings of the Asia-Pacific War is conspicuous in all areas of contemporary Japan. From literature to the visual arts, from music to theatre, from architecture to politics, their influence and in many cases guiding principles is evident everywhere and in many cases forms the keystone of modern Japanese society and culture. The contributors to this book explore the impact of the yakeato generation - and their literary, creative and cultural and works - on the postwar period by drawing out the importance of the legacy of those people who truly survived the darkest hour of the twentieth century and re-evaluate the ramifications of their experiences in contemporary Japanese society and culture. As such this book will be of huge interest to those studying Japanese history, literature, poetry and cultural studies.
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