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Japan the Pocket Guide

Date: 1947
Dimensions:
Overall: 185 x 130 mm, 157.12 g
Medium: Paper, ink
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from June Hammond
Classification:Books and journals
Object Name: Book
Object No: 00054425
Related Place:Nihon,

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    Description
    This pocket guide to Japan belonged to John Morris, who served with the British Commonwealth Occupation Force (BCOF) from 1949. BCOF soldiers were encouraged to explore their surrounds, including cultural and historical sites.
    SignificanceThis book is evidence of John Morris' travels around Japan before meeting Sadako Kikuchi. Sadako defied her family to marry John and migrate to Australia after World War II, after Immigration Minister Harold Holt overturned the ban on entry for wives of Australian servicemen.
    HistoryMore than 600 Japanese women migrated to Australia as war brides after World War II. Their husbands had served with the British Commonwealth Occupation Force (BCOF) after the surrender of Japan in 1945. At first marriage between Australian soldiers and Japanese women was prohibited. But many men fell in love and lobbied the Australian Government for change.

    When Sadako Kikuchi’s family discovered that she was secretly seeing Australian Army officer John Morris, they threatened to disown her. Strong-willed, Sadako chose to leave, moving into an apartment with John.

    Sadako met John when she was a seamstress in a Kure department store. There was still much bitterness between ex-enemies. ‘Morrisan’ and Sadako had to keep their meetings secret, using Sadako’s brother Yasuo as a go-between.

    In 1952, after intense lobbying, the Australian Government eventually gave permission for soldiers to marry Japanese nationals. Sadako and John had a church wedding in 1952. Most of Sadako’s family attended, despite their earlier opposition. Finally, in December 1953, Sadako and her two baby daughters boarded Changte bound for Adelaide. They were among the first group of non-Europeans officially permitted under the White Australia policy. While many immigrants experienced displacement, culture shock and homesickness, Japanese brides also had to endure bigotry in both Japan and Australia.
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