Showa 1939-1944: A History of Japan continues the award-winning author Shigeru Mizuki's autobiographical and historical account of Showa-era Japan. This volume covers the period leading up to World War II and the beginning of the Pacific War; it is a chilling reminder of the harshness of life in Japan during this highly militarised epoch.
Born in 1922 in Sakaiminato, Tottori, Shigeru Mizuki is a specialist in sto--ries of yokai and is considered a master of the genre. He is a member of the Japanese Society of Cultural Anthropology, and has travelled to more than sixty countries to engage in fieldwork of the yokai and spirits of different cultures. His work has been published in Japan, South Korea, the UK, France, Spain, Taiwan, and Italy, and he was the first manga-ka to win the grand prize at the Angouleme International Comics Festival, Europe's highest prize for comics.