Ernie Pyle Theater, Yurakucho, Tokyo, c. 1950.



1950sNotable LandmarkOccupation EraTheaters & Entertainers
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The Takarazuka Theater, at Yurakucho, was requisitioned by Occupation forces from 1945-1952 for use as movie and stage theater for Allied military personnel. During this time it was named the "Ernie Pyle" theater, after the American journalist killed in 1945 during the Iwo Jima campaign.

The Takarazuka Theater, at Yurakucho, was requisitioned by Occupation forces from 1945-1952 for use as movie and stage theater for Allied military personnel. During this time it was named the “Ernie Pyle” theater, after the beloved American journalist killed in 1945 during the Iwo Jima campaign.

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Takarazuka Gekijo (Theater)

“I held my mother’s elbow and looked through the are windows at gray ruins enlivened here and there by glints of yellow new wood, as though lemon trees were growing out of the ashes. At Yurakucho, a few tall office buildings were still standing; I glimpsed them from the moving streetcar, through arms, between heads, and in their strange isolation they appeared like giants from another age. The Tokyo Takarazuka Theater had a new name on its edifice, in English and katakana: ‘Ernie Pyle.’

“‘What kind of a name is that?’ I asked my mother.

“‘A famous American.'”

The Commoner, John Burnham Schwartz, 2008

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