Terasaki, Mariko. 1932-2016. Autograph manuscript, being a small diary containing Terasaki's American Occupation Diary, 47 leaves written recto and verso,
Lot 1256
Terasaki, Mariko. 1932-2016.
Autograph manuscript, being a small diary containing Terasaki's American Occupation Diary, 47 leaves written recto and verso,
US$ 2,000 - 3,000
£ 1,500 - 2,300

Voices of the 20th Century

6 Dec 2017, 13:00 EST

New York

Lot Details
Terasaki, Mariko. 1932-2016. Autograph manuscript, being a small diary containing Terasaki's American Occupation Diary, 47 leaves written recto and verso, Terasaki, Mariko. 1932-2016. Autograph manuscript, being a small diary containing Terasaki's American Occupation Diary, 47 leaves written recto and verso, Terasaki, Mariko. 1932-2016. Autograph manuscript, being a small diary containing Terasaki's American Occupation Diary, 47 leaves written recto and verso,
Terasaki, Mariko. 1932-2016.
Autograph manuscript, being a small diary containing Terasaki's American Occupation Diary, 47 leaves written recto and verso, 178 x 124 mm, August 13, 1945, and February 6 - March 29, 1949; the first 6 leaves in pencil with the date August 13, 1945, the next 41 leaves in ink starting February 6, 1949, with 2 pp. of sketches at the end, some gatherings cut out on occasion, one leaf loose, contemporary paper-backed board, rubbed, the upper cover signed "Miki Terasaki", the front free end-paper signed "Mariko Terasaki";
WITH: Dinner menu, for the M.S. Asama Maru, dated August 5 1942, bifolium, 4 pp.
Provenance: Mariko Terasaki, by descent.

An interesting view on life in Tokyo under American occupation, from the unique viewpoint of a teenage girl of mixed Japanese and American heritage. Starting in August 1945 "I could not go to get milk because Mama said I could not go. She said she was afraid of machine gunning. As the Americans swoop down and machine gun us." By 1949, Mariko is bored of life, and wonders "what is going to become of us," but enjoys her literature (Shakespeare) and music recitals. The menu comes from the travels of Terasaki and his family from Washington DC to Japan in 1942, the rules of war forcing them on a circuitous route via exchange of diplomats in Mozambique and thence via Singapore.
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