Kamishibai performers used these illustrations displayed within a miniature stage to narrate shows on the street corners of Japan. The stories were designed to impart a sense of nationalism and morality to children.
The present set of plates is a story of the Japanese army fighting Chiang Kai-Shek during the Second Sino-Japanese war. The artwork is either taken directly from, or playfully in the style of children's drawings.
together with:Nogi Shogun. Set of 9 offset color-printed kamishibai plates. 7x10 inches; minor wear. Showa 19 (1944). The story of General Nogi Maresuke, a hero of the Russo-Japanese war and a symbol of Japanese nationalistic loyalty and self-sacrifice.
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