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This page contains materials relating to my forthcoming chapter “The Pathos of the Soldier-Athlete in Japanese Memories of the Asia-Pacific War” (publication details to be announced soon). The chapter discusses the cinematic stories of four real and two fictionalized soldier-athletes. Relevant online materials are below.
Histories of Japanese Sport
Sawamura Eiji (d. 1944)
Article by Rob Fitts: “Babe Ruth and Eiji Sawamura”
An NHK Documentary (excerpts) featuring archive footage of Sawamura’s pitching and interviews with his daughter. Watch on YouTube: https://youtu.be/U3qMnsgMEcU
Matsunaga Akira (d. 1942)
NHK’s Special 「戦争と“幻のオリンピック” アスリ―ト 知られざる闘い」can be watched here.
Article by E. Taylor Atkins: “Enemy soldiers” and “ball mates”
Baron Nishi Takeichi (d. 1945) and the film Letters from Iwojima
Ishimaru Shinichi (d. 1945) and the film Ningen no Tsubasa
A review of Ningen no Tsubasa on the website Kamikaze Images.
The film Sea Without Exit
The Kaiten Memorial Museum, Shunan city, Yamaguchi prefecture Trailer for the film Deguchi no nai umi
The film Kike Wadatsumi no Koe Last Friends
The Wadatsumi no Koe Memorial Museum (just by the University of Tokyo).
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