A wide range of views regarding the war are expressed in the Japanese media. This section of the website looks at Japanese cultural representations of the war in various media. It supplements and extends the arguments in my books Japan’s Contested War Memories (Routledge 2007) and Local History and War Memories in Hokkaido (Routledge 2016).
Expressions of war in art.
From blockbusters to little-known documentary films.
Computer games and their (cos)players.
Memories and entertainment online.
Famous war stories.
Weekly news magazines and monthly opinion magazines.
War in educational and/or entertainment formats.
War museums and exhibitions
From classical to vocaloid.
National dailies to local broadsheets.
War in haiku, tanka and other forms.
The postwar began on the radio …
Scholarship and archives.
Sporting soldiers and the trope of the athlete.
Still arguably the most powerful influence on Japanese war memories.
The many people who have talked on the record about their war experiences.
Performing for an audience.
Texts, images, and messages.