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Fanning the Flames: Propaganda in Modern Japan


Welcome to Fanning the Flames, an online portal to a variety of resources focused on the propaganda of modern Japan. Your exploration will reveal resources in the form of digital stories, videos, interactives, and digitized collections—gathered together by the staff of the Hoover Institution Library & Archives (HILA) and subject matter specialists from around the world.

Discover new research. See one-of-a-kind objects. Watch propaganda performed. Share your insights.

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Digital Stories

Explore highlighted topics related to propaganda in modern Japan through digital stories.

icon 1 Core Topics introduce the history, propaganda, and artistic mediums of the era.

Icon 2 A Closer Look offers explorations of more specific topics crafted in special collaborations.

Collection Highlights

Discover the collections and items that inspired the Fanning the Flames project.

CH Nishikie

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View the entire digitized Kamishibai Collection from the Hoover Archives …

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Discover highlighted selections from the Hoover Library related to propaganda in modern Japan …

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Discover highlighted collections and objects from the Hoover Archives related to propaganda in modern Japan…

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Exhibition in Hoover Tower Gallery

Experience the propaganda of modern Japan in person on the Stanford University campus.

Onsite Exhibit at Hoover Tower

Visit the Hoover Tower galleries Monday through Friday from 10:00am to 4:00pm to see the new temporary exhibition Fanning the Flames: Propaganda in Modern Japan and the re-opening of Hoover@100

Exhibitions are free to visit, but tickets are now required to accommodate social distancing. (see link below)

Additionally, the Lou Henry Hoover Observation Deck in Hoover Tower is now open to all Stanford Affiliates. Tickets may be reserved at the same link.

Fanning the Flames: Propaganda in Modern Japan


Propaganda shaped Japan during a time of dramatic cultural and political change, as a once isolated feudal country was transformed into an imperialist modern state. In Fanning the Flames, essays by renowned experts probe and contextualize these potent arts, accompanied by rich illustrations from the celebrated collections of the Hoover Institution Library & Archives, including woodblock prints, photos, posters, and the rarely examined “paper plays” known as kamishibai. These documents impart a valuable understanding of the past, present, and future of East Asia, where old wounds from battles won and lost still reverberate within Russian, Japanese, and Chinese relations.

Fanning The Flames Book Discout Code: 217FFX

Picturing Empire, Nishiki-e and the Wars of Imperial Japan | Olivia Morello and Michael R. Auslin


Anchors of History, The Long Shadow of Imperial Japanese Propaganda | Barak Kushner


Multinational Perspectives of Visualized Journalism on the Sino-Japanese War, A Comparative Study of Meiji Japan, Qing China, and Europe | Toshihiko Kishi


Nishiki-e and War Prints | Junichi Okubo


A Visual Revolution, The Emperor in Popular Nishiki-e | Alice Y. Tseng


Visual Media Trends during the Russo-Japanese War Period, A Comparative Study of Meiji Japan and Czarist Russia | Toshihiko Kishi


Bakudan san’yūshi, The Three Heroes of Shanghai | Hanae Kurihara Kramer and Scott Kramer


The Pacific War and Kamishibai | Tsuneo Yasuda


 Printed Wartime Kamishibai | Taketoshi  Yamamoto


The Fanning the Flames Speaker Series highlights conversations with leading scholars of modern East Asian history, art, and propaganda and is presented in conjunction with the launch of the book, website, and upcoming physical exhibition.

March 10 - 2022
December 7 - 2021
Historiography of the Pacific War: Past Accomplishments and Future Challenges

Ronald Spector, Jonathan Parshall, Richard Frank, Yuma Totani

October 5 - 2021
June 1 - 2021
August 26 - 2021

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