Baba geisha to gunbu [Old geishas and generals].

Accession Number RC04870
Collection number Leaflets Collection (Far Eastern Liaison Office Leaflets) J108
Collection type Published Collection
Record type Item
Item count 1
Measurement Overall: 12 x 19 cm
Object type Leaflet
Maker Far Eastern Liaison Office
Date made 9 August 1943
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copying Provisions Copyright expired. Copying permitted subject to physical condition. Permission for reproduction not required.

A propaganda leaflet produced by the Far Eastern Liaison Office (FELO) during the Second World War. This leaflet is written in Japanese and was distributed to Buna, Gona, Sanananda, Guadalcanal and China-Hong Kong. An English translation of the text is attached. The message compares the war situation for Japan to the ageing geisha who hides pock-marks and wrinkles by heavy make-up. The message then warns that such temporary cover-ups will not last for long. It touches on many of Japan's defeats and inaccurate accounts of lost battles given by Japanese authorities. The leaflet blames the dishonest military clique for driving millions of Japanese men to useless death.