The Loveday Trilogy Part 3 | Miyakatsu Koike

Tets Kimura (Performer)

Research output: Non-textual formTheatre & Performance


Miyakatsu Koike was a mild-mannered Japanese bank official who was in the wrong place at the wrong time. He was working in Surabaya in Indonesia when Japan attacked Pearl Harbour.

Koike was arrested by the Dutch East Indies authorities and sent to Loveday detention camp in South Australia where he spent four long years behind the wire.

He wrote a diary of his time in detention whose title translates as Four Years in a Red Coat, referring to the red-dyed coats detainees had to wear on work details outside the camp.

From the diary, which has only recently been translated into English and published by Wakefield Press, Koike emerges as stoic, humane, and wise.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherAustralian Broadcasting Corporation
Media of outputOnline
Size29 minutes 41 seconds
Publication statusPublished - 6 Sept 2022


  • Miyakatsu Koike
  • World War 2
  • Internment camp
  • Lived experience
  • Loveday detention camp

NTRO Type of Output

  • Minor


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