Saturday, January 9, 2016
First visit to Japan
Made my first visit to Japan recently and chanced upon a travelling bookstore in the Shinjuku area in Tokyo. While browsing aimlessly, a stack of old prints of about A3 size caught my eye.
As I flipped through the stack of prints, found about a dozen prints that were apparently inspired by the Malayan campaign that started in December 1941 and ended with the British surrender in Singapore to the Japanese on 15 February 1942.
Was also surprised to find three booklets of pictures from Malaya and Singapore, probably taken during the 1950s.
The prints and booklets came home with me.
There were other prints in the series related to the Pacific War that showed Japanese operations in the Philippines and South Pacific that were left in the stack.
Made a return visit to Shinjuku a week later with the intention of buying the rest of the prints but the travelling bookstore had gone... :-(
The WW2 prints from Tokyo have found a new home in Singapore.
Posted by David Boey at 11:27 PM