Nemoto’s Travels

The Illustrated Saga of a Japanese Floatplane Pilot in the First Year of the Pacific War

Michael Claringbould

This is the illustrated diary of Japanese Navy floatplane pilot Warrant Officer Nemoto Kumesako, dating from the early months of the Pacific War. Unusually, these memoirs are presented in a style consistent with the format of Japanese manga (illustrated cartoon).
Date Published :
July 2021
Publisher :
Avonmore Books
Illustration :
Fully Illustrated
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9780648926252
Pages : 116
Dimensions : 9.84 X 6.93 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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$39.95

Overview
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This is the illustrated diary of Imperial Japanese Navy floatplane pilot Warrant Officer Nemoto Kumesako, dating from the early months of the Pacific War. His recollections offer an intimate perspective into his life, along with insights into Japanese thinking of the times. Unusually, these memoirs are presented here in a style consistent with the format of Japanese manga (illustrated comic / graphic novel).

The curious floatplanes of the time, some of which verge on the steampunk, come to life with the author’s uncanny sense of humor. Nemoto defies every stereotype of the Samurai warrior, for his diary betrays coveted romanticism. Although an exceptional character, he was certainly a man of his times. Not particularly close to his comrades, Nemoto prided himself in his worldly credentials. For example, he read Tolstoy’s War & Peace in German between missions.

Nemoto’s writing style, cultivated and matter of fact, is tinged with insight and assurance. He never envisaged it would wind up in the wrong hands, and for this reason the reader will savor its frankness and insights.

Michael Claringbould is a globally renown Pacific War author. This is his first attempt at getting away from conventional formats, instead producing an entertaining hybrid tale, garishly illustrated yet historically accurate. Its humorous format is also guaranteed to tell readers many things about this fascinating period they did not know.

About The Author
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Raised in Port Moresby, Michael Claringbould is a globally recognized expert on the New Guinea air war and Japanese aviation in particular.

REVIEWS
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"Readers interested in the daily lives of Japanese servicemen probably will value this book the most. It also will capture the fancy of those fascinated with contemporary illustration technique in a print format."

- Air Power History

"Great book if you want to read about a year in the life of a Japanese Navy AF floatplane pilot and even better if you want to relive the exciting times from days gone by when you looked forward to reading the latest comic mag from the drugstore or newspaper seller."

- J-AIRCRAFT

"This is a unique story told in an unconventional format that certainly opened this reviewer’s eyes to the Manga or graphic novel format for telling military history. I highly recommend this book to anyone with an interest in the South Pacific air campaigns, Japanese aircrew personal accounts."

- Aviation Enthusiast Book Club

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