Propaganda Kimono
Man's Haori  |  Rayon, printed haura with gold flecks  |  39 x 51"

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Propaganda Kimono

Propaganda Kimono

The flight of the Kamikaze (Divine Wind) from Tokyo to London in April 1937, sponsored by the newspaper Asahi Shimbun, was intended to commemorate the coronation of King George VI, but it also served as a benchmark of modernity for Japan. This was the first Japanese plane to set an international speed record (the flight was completed in just over 51 hours), and the first plane produced with all Japanese technology. Thanks to the performance of the Kamikaze, the Mitsubishi Company, which had developed the motor for the plane, gained the contract to build the Zero, one of the best-known fighter planes of the war years.

The name Kamikaze derives from a 13th century incident where the invading armies of Kublai Khan were forced back to China by a miraculous gale, saving the Japanese from invasion.