Propaganda Kimono
Boy’s Kimono  |  Silk  |  36”x 47”

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Propaganda Kimono

Three boys with army helmets, two sit on temari, lucky thread balls that Japanese mothers traditionally make for their daughters as New Year's gifts. The characters on the chest of the boy with the flag of Japan read, shingun, which loosely translates to "God's Army" but its meaning is more nuanced - "divine, celestial, fantastic, imperial" - the forces of the Mikado, the God-Emperor. The standing figure whose outfit is covered in fighter planes carries aloft the flag of Manchukuo. And all of these cherubic warriors are shown against an endlessly repeating background of red, blue, and white, bullets.