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Aru Baikin no Issho (Kamishibai, 1942)





Aru Baikin no Issho (The Life of a Germ). Tokyo: Nihon Kyouiku Gageki Kabushikigaisha, Showa 17 (1942).
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Description — 21 color plates (26.5 x 39 cm, complete), with one movable piece, text in Japanese on reverse (furigana), original paper folder with flaps.

Condition — Good (foxing & browning; wear & tears to folder).

Review — A amazing avant-garde educational kamishibai (paper theater) sponsored by the Ministry of Health, about germs (here specifically tuberculosis) and modern medicine in the early 1940s: infection, detection, prevention, treatment.. (population welfare being especially important in time of war too, we can suppose). It also reflects larger social changes (is featured a female doctor in Western clothing), introduces prevention devices still in use today (masks) and general recommended behavior towards any ill person (e.g. be it because of a bacteria or a virus). Very rare, even more so in good condition, and complete of its a movable piece.

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