Photos From The Allied Occupation Of Japan (1948-1951)
1948-1951 : Photography & Social Research during the Allied Occupation
This is a fascinating collection of 300 photographs (online rare book) that John W. Bennett took
during the Allied Occupation of Japan. This is very interesting
time in which Japan was re-discovering itself in its new found government
based on Western democracy. This is also from the period that was
part of the Golden Age Japanese cinema, e.g.,
Here's a description from the introduction of the exhibit:
Photographs taken by anthropologist John W. Bennett
in occupied Japan, 1948-1951, (a few were made in the 1960's during his
term at Waseda University), with comments on the photos by Bennett.
Also included are extensive selections from Bennett's professional
journal of the period, and other documents. Consisting of a personal
and professional memoir, this site is also a record of a unique
experiment in social analysis and research that focuses on a period of
particular significance in the development of Japanese and
international history, politics, economics, and culture.
There are diverse portfolio sections that cover everything from
Iconic Mt. Fuji to the prostitutes in
Women of the Night.
Here's a selection of John Bennett's photos I liked best, but it was
very hard to choose because there so many fascinating images.
A Musical Bodhisatva
Mount Fuji from Misawa Pass
Children visit the Great Buddha in Kamakura
The Great Kaminarimon--"Thunder Gateway" to the Asakusa
Another Heian Female Personality in the Jidai Matsuri
Hotel Umbrellas Drying in the Sun at a Ryokan
(Traditional-Style Inn) in Atami
Ama Diving Girls