History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past, trying to reconstruct its scenes, to revive its echoes, and kindle with pale gleams the passion of former days. ~Winston Churchill

16 November, 2011

Rebellious Dating, Japan, 1946

Oh, those American soldiers. Whether it's a fling in 1944 London or a date in 1945 France, local girls and foreign soldiers sure get along. So well, in fact, that this set of photographs in LIFE accompanies an article laying out the 'do's and 'don'ts' of dating for American soldiers and Japanese girls in Japan, 1946. 

Photographs by John Florea


John Florea, LIFE © Time Inc.

Holding hands in public is fine. Source



John Florea, LIFE © Time Inc.

Sharing chocolate might be fine... giving away cigarettes isn't. Source



John Florea, LIFE © Time Inc.

Rowing on a pond is permissible. Source



John Florea, LIFE © Time Inc.

So is going to a dance. Source



John Florea, LIFE © Time Inc.

Taking the train could be iffy. Source



John Florea, LIFE © Time Inc.

Going for dinner, as he is taking off his shoes to do, is off-limits. Source



John Florea, LIFE © Time Inc.

It's okay for an American soldier to eat in a Japanese home....as long as he brings his own food. Source



John Florea, LIFE © Time Inc.

Riding a bicycle is okay, but handlebar riding is forbidden. Source



John Florea, LIFE © Time Inc.

Giving Japanese girls rides while they are on Red Cross tours is all right. Source



John Florea, LIFE © Time Inc.

Giving a civilian girl a ride is a military jeep isn't. Source



John Florea, LIFE © Time Inc.

Giving away cigarettes is forbidden . Source



John Florea, LIFE © Time Inc.

And kissing is totally, totally not allowed. Source

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

very nice collection of photos. great! and very sweet.

Helena Drive said...

Absolutely lovely!

Kez said...

December 2, 1946 issue of Life Magazine, p. 106

http://books.google.hu/books?id=nk0EAAAAMBAJ&printsec=frontcover&hl=hu&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q&f=false

Anna said...

Ah, cool, thanks so much!! Great to see in print!

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