14 December 2013

"The Young in Rebellion," a Life Magazine article about Japanese teen rebels in 1964

The article starts on page 86.

An excerpt:

The girl smoking and brooding in a Tokyo coffee shop represents a problem brought on by the abruptly changing society of Japan since the war.  She is part of a phenomenon long familiar in countries of the Western world: a rebellious younger generation, a bitter and poignant minority breaking from her country's past.  All through that past, a sense of connection with the old traditions and authority has kept Japanese children obedient and very close to the family.  This sense still controls most of Japan's youth who besiege offices and factories for jobs and the universities for education and gives the whole country an electric vitality and urgency.  But as members run away from the family and authority, this generation in rebellion grows.

Also check out the pictures from the piece that did not make the article.  Frankly they are better than the ones in the article itself.

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