It's a real period piece. Profiles of businessmen and women talk of their life 'before the evacuation' and afterwards, pix from the 'Tokyo bureau' of everyday scenes of life amidst the devastation and poverty of postwar Japan, etc.
My favorite non-judo portion - a photo spread entitled 'Short Cut to Glamour' by George Ohashi, hairdresser, who 'At the time of the evacuation, he had three shops in Southern California and had 30 beauty operators working for him. He now has a shop in Denver and one in Sacramento.' He writes:
So you are a Nisei girl. And nature didn't endow you with the tall, slim build so stylish these days.
Well, be of good cheer, girls. The new trend in coiffures - shorter and shorter for '50 - is just the thing for you.
Here's why. Most Nisei girls not only are chunky, but have too much hair.
Hmm.... maybe that's why Billc shaves his head....
Speaking of hair, from the series on the Kodokan, there's a photo of a gent with a receding hairline ジェーン (Jean? also spelled as 'Shane'?) 2dan from France throwing a young (and apparently very cooperative) Daigo 6 dan. There's also another French judoka ローシ (Rouche? Rossi?) 2 dan getting a kataguruma ride from said Jean (sp?).
- E. Bruno - 4 dan judo instructor at the San Quentin penitentiary (clearly Emilio 'Mel' Bruno - I didn't know that about him....)
- Kosaku Okamura 3 dan, instructor at the Lawson YMCA
- Shitsuke Maeda 5 dan, instructor at the Oak Park Judo School
- Matato Tamura 5 dan, president of the Chicago Jiujitsu Institute
- Minoru Osako 4 dan, president of the Chicago Judo Club applying jujigatame to a very unhappy looking gent during a 'tournament match'
- Kiro Nagano 6 dan, chairman of the Southern California Yudanshakai
Fun stuff. After I research it, I'll donate it to the KDL Library or something.