After the end of World War II Japan faced a disastrous situation. The nation was disarmed, its empire dissolved, its form of government changed to a democracy, and it’s economy and education system reorganized and rebuilt. Years of reconstruction were required to fully recover, however, Japan set an example for the rest of the world. During the economic boom, japan rapidly became the world’s second-largest economy.
Here below some amazing historical photographs that will take you back to Post-war Japan. These photos show capture life, culture, events, and everyday life of Japanese from the 1950s.
Right: A replica of the Mt. Rushmore memorial in South Dakota, one of the exhibits portraying U.S. history and notable scenes at the America Fair. The fair portrayed "significant events in American history and followed the growth of the United States to its current standards of efficiency in sciences, industry and agriculture.
The first group of repatriates to be returned from Communist China where they had been stranded since the end of World War II completed the formalities through the processing center at Maizuru and were released to go home. The first batch of 2,000 men, women and children came from North China on the Koan Maru. The bicycles were gifts from charitable organizations and placed on the ship when it left China.
Radio Tokyo, in connection with a local flashbulb company, exploded the 10,000 bulbs on its new 516-foot television antenna to remind Tokyoites that it would begin telecasting on April 1. Thousands of camera fans crowded upper story windows and roof tops near the TV station to photograph the spectacle.
Japan was bouncing in a Rock 'n Roll craze as the Rockabilly music of the west jolted its way to the top of Japan's Hit Parade. Screaming, moaning, applauding teenagers packed the theater, throwing steamers toward the stage which the lucky singer dodged with timely gyrations.
As a geisha girl, a sumo wrestler and other prominent personalities throw out roasted beans to the crowd that has gathered. As the beans are scattered, the person who tosses chants or sings: '“Devil outside, good luck inside.'” Custom is part of the temple festivities and Merry-making which greet the change of season, which comes on February 3 in Japan. To be chosen as one of the bean-throwers at the annual temple rites is considered a great honor, for which geishas, wrestlers, movie actresses and other public figures vie.