Japanese Teenage Life on the Homefront (Temporary Exhibit)

After debuting in Japan, the National Museum of the Pacific War is pleased to present a new temporary Exhibit Teenage Life on the Japanese Home Front curated by David R. Krigbaum. The Exhibit will be on show from January 20, 2023 - July 30, 2023 in the George H.W. Bush Temporary Gallery. This exhibit is free to the public and will be open during Museum hours 9:00 am - 5 pm.

During World War II, Japanese teenagers went from classrooms to shipyards and even battlefields in Okinawa. Artifacts showcase Japanese teenage civilian life on the home front including home life, war work, and civil defense.


Japanese War Bond
Japanese War Bond

These war bonds are valued at 300 yen. Individuals or associations, such as a tonari-gumi (neighborhood association) purchased bonds.

Clothing Ration Coupon Sheet
Clothing Ration Coupon Sheet

Iryou Kiip) Ration sheet for buying clothes issued by the Ministry of Agriculture and Commerce to 49 year-old Shimada Shohei, who lived in Tokyo. This card was valid from April 1944 through March 1945.

Shashin Shuho (Weekly Photographic Journal) No. 218 (12 April 1942)
Shashin Shuho (Weekly Photographic Journal) No. 218 (12 April 1942)

The Cabinet Intelligence Department published Shashin Shuho, a weekly pictorial journal, from 1938-45. The propaganda magazine billed itself as the pictograph of national policy. The journal examined everyday life through a patriotic lens featuring Japanese military victories and information to help citizens endure wartime austerity. By government estimation, it was the most widely circulated pictorial in the empire.