I collect Occupied Japan, porcelain, pottery and bisque figurines and dishes. This hobby started in the late 1940s when a great aunt who doted on me gave me these small but beautiful little pieces of chinaware. They were probably from the Five and Dime Store and I loved them. Being a kid, I broke most of them.
Three pieces survived my childhood one of which is a pretty lady whose arm is now broken.Â Broken or chipped pieces have no value, but I keep a couple because they have special meaning to me.
As an adult, living in Kansas, the thing to do on Saturday was visit the flea markets.Â I found lots of Occupied Japan pieces there. When we travel, we always look in flea markets and antique stores to see if different pieces show up in different places. Once while visiting the back woods of Lyndhurst Ontario, south of the nation's capital,Â we discovered a full set of table wear (China) marked Occupied Japan. We were floored to see a whole intact set. We could not afford to buy it, luckly it wasn't my style anyway!
Because Japan was occupied after world War II, everything produced during that time had to be marked MADE IN OCCUPIED JAPAN. Because of that these items can be dated and we know exactly how old these pieces are. Mine are all marked on the bottom.
The occcupation of Japan took place between 1945 and 1952.
At the end of the Second World War, Japan was occupied by the Allied Powers, led by the United States with contributions from Australia, India, the United Kingdom and New Zealand. This was the first time since the unification of Japan that the island nation had been occupied by a foreign power. The San Francisco Peace Treaty, signed on September 8,1951, marked the end of the Allied occupation, and when it went into effect on April 28, 1952, Japan was once again an independent state.
All Occupied Japan pieces are antiques. You can buy them on Ebay for $5 to $10, in antique stores from $10.00 - $30.00 and yes, you can still find them in yard sales for ten cents to a dollar.
Many collectors, like me, have a sentimental attachment to these bits of pottery. When I'm gone, I have been assured that my collection will not be sold in a yard sale! It will probably be given to a museum or sold as a collection to the highest bidder.
Or maybe shared by relatives who like them, like my daughter who promises to take good care of them.
Stay tuned for the video.