This week: how did three soldiers who managed to do something rather unexceptional–dying in Japan’s battles in China–manage to become the centerpiece of a state-run cult of heroism?
Kramer, Hanae and Scott Kramer. “Bakudan San’yushi: The Three Heroes of Shanghai” in Fanning the Flames: Propaganda in Modern Japan, edited by Kaoru Ueda.
Ohnuki-Tierney, Emiko. Kamikaze, Cherry Blossoms, and Nationalisms: The Militarism of Aesthetics in Japanese History.
High, Peter B. The Imperial Screen: Japanese Film Culture in the Fifteen Years’ War, 1931-1945.
Images and Media
A recording of the Nikudan San’yushi no Uta