Postwar Japan

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Materials relating to Chapters 20-23 of War as Entertainment and Contents Tourism in Japan.

Chapter 20: “Kantai Collection and entertainmentization of the Second World War”, Kyungjae Jang

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Kantai Collection homepage

TV news report about a Kantai Collection event in Kure
Fan video of a concert
Pilgrimage to naval sites in Kure

Chapter 21: “The war metaphors underpinning Mizuki Shigeru yōkai tourism”, Qiaodan Wang and Philip Seaton

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Mizuki Productions (official website).

Television report featuring Mizuki Shigeru’s testimony about his war experiences.
Mizuki Shigeru Road in Sakaiminato

Chapter 22: “Shin Godzilla: tourism consuming images of JSDF, kaiju characters, and destroyed sites”, Aleksandra Jaworowicz-Zimny and Takayoshi Yamamura

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For an introduction to the Japan Self-Defense Force (JSDF) see the official version in Defense White Papers or the Manga Versions.

Shin Godzilla trailer
Godzilla becomes a tourism ambassador in Shinjuku.
Godzilla’s path of destruction recreated on Google Earth.
A Godzilla pilgrimage by bicycle

Chapter 23: “Fantasy wars and their real-life inspirations: tourism and international conflicts caused by Attack on Titan“, Ryo Koarai and Takayoshi Yamamura

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Final Season promotion video.
Live action film trailer.

Other materials about this period

Journal of War & Culture Studies special edition, 2019, Vol. 12(1), War, Popular Culture, and Contents Tourism in East Asia.

Yamamura, Takayoshi. 2017 ‘Cooperation Between Anime Producers and the Japan Self-Defense Force: Creating Fantasy and/or Propaganda?’Journal of War & Culture Studies, Vol. 12(1), pp.8-23.

Carlos Ramírez-Moreno and Dale Leorke. 2021. ‘Promoting Yokosuka through videogame tourism: the Shenmue sacred spot guide map’ in Dale Leorke and Marcus Owens (eds) Games and Play in the Creative, Smart and Ecological City, Routledge, pp. 38-63.

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