People's lives during the war

"Do without until we win."
As the war dragged on, life got harder and harder. No longer could people freely buy the necessities of life─food, clothing, and fuel. The government issued people coupons, which they exchanged for rations.
   Keeping their spirits up with such slogans as "Do without until we win" and "Extravagance is the enemy," people put up with inconvenience.

Digging a vegetable garden in the schoolyard
Nobori-cho Elementary School, 1945
To make up for a shortage of food, even schoolyards were turned to fields where students grew potatoes, pumpkins, etc.
Collection: Hiroko Yamanoue
Courtesy: Hiroshima Municipal Archives