(between 1937 and 1941)
IHL Cat. #2675
A color lithograph patriotic fan sample print, likely created between 1937 and 1941 during the Second Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945), with an iconic aerial view of the sun rising over Mount Fuji. A military aircraft punctuates the first two stanzas of the "Patriotic March" (愛国行進曲 Aikoku Kōshinkyoku). This military song (gunka) was composed by Tōkichi Setoguchi 瀬戸口藤吉 (1868-1941) with lyrics by Yukio Morikawa 森川幸雄 (?-2003), in response to a government sponsored public competition for a "national song that the people will forever love to sing" in September 1937. Immensely popular, "Patriotic March" was released in December 1937 on six record labels and sold over a million copies within a year. The lyrics, shown below, evoke imagery of daybreak with a new start for East Asia under Japanese control under the slogal of Hakkō Ichiu (八紘一宇), "All Eight Corners of the World under One Roof."