A Cartoon Map of Downtown Tokyo

Bird’s eye view of Tokyo the year before occupation ended.

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After the dust had settled from the atomic bombs that devastated much of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, most of Japan’s urban centers lay in utter ruins. Rebuilding efforts under Allied commander Douglas MacArthur began almost immediately, and the official occupation of Japan would last until 1952.

This scarce brochure was issued the year prior, and provides a pictorial bird’s eye view of the Japanese capital with an emphasis on information that would be of use to the American serviceman. Military facilities, hotels, recreational opportunities, and notable landmarks are all illustrated and identified amid caricatured soldiers and the occasional resident. Notable examples include the Ernie Pyle Theatre, Radio Tokyo, and Dai Ichi Building (location of MacArthur’s headquarters).

Drawn by an artist with the last name of Neal (see signature below the title) and published in 1951 by the Publicity Division of GHQ FEC (Far East Command).

Map Details

Publication Date: 1951

Author: Publicity Division, GHQ of Far East Command

Sheet Width (in): 11.30

Sheet Height (in): 9.90

Condition: B+

Condition Description: Folding brochure with centerfold map. Front panel is moderately soiled and worn, with light creasing along former fold lines. Map in very good condition.

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