Takeyama Michio, the author of Harp of Burma, was thirty-seven in 1941, the year of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Husband, father of children born during the war, and teacher at Japan's elite school of higher education in Tokyo, he experienced the war on its home front. This intimate account of the "scars of war," including personal anecdotes from Takeyama's students and family, is one of very few histories from this unique vantage point. Beautifully translated by Richard H. Minear, these honest and moving essays are a fresh look at the history of Japan during the Asia-Pacific War.
Richard H. Minear is professor of history at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and translator of Japan's Past, Japan's Future: One Historian's Odyssey.
Introduction: Takeyama Michio, 1904-1981, by Richard H. Minear The Writings Part I: The War Ichiko in 1944 (1946) The End of the War (1953) White Pine and Rose (1947) Scars (1949) Part II: Crisis and Challenge Germany-New Middle Ages? (1940) The Younger Generation (1945) Part III: The Tokyo Trial The Trial of Mr. Hyde (1946) Letter to Judge Roeling (1949) Part IV: Turn to the Right The Student Incident: Observations and Reflections (1950) Those Who Refuse to Enter the Gate-Thoughts on One Contemporary Frame of Mind (1951)