A private collection comprising of over 600 kimono, textiles, and related artifacts. The collection is divided into 28 fascinating topics and tells the history of Japan in a chronological order from 1895-1960.
Child's vest on the left showing the 1940 Tripartite celebrations, bunting and fireworks add to the festive atmosphere. The vest on the right shows the flags of Japan, Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy. The actual flags as seen on the textiles are shown at the bottom, Imperial Japanese Army and National flag, Germany, Italy, Manchukuo and Manchuria. They are all part of a collection of more than 500 pieces.
Boy's kimono detail showing Hitler and Mussolini alongside the Italian fascist flag. The kimono also shows the Japanese rising sun flag, referring to the Tripartite pact of 1940 between Japan, Germany, and Italy.
Kimono fabric reporting on the Manchurian Incident. The Mainichi Shimbun newspaper cutting is dated 19th. Sept. 1931. It states that on the 18th. Sept. at 11:00pm, the Chinese exploded a bomb on the tracks of the South Manchurian Railway. This was just one of a series of events that would lead to the Japanese invasion of Manchuria.
Kimono fabric showing a B.O.A.C. De Havilland Comet, the square windows on the fuselage would date it to be 1952-1953. This particular window design was responsible for quite a few accidents, and were replaced with the traditional round windows in 1954. Also shown is a Gruman F-9 Cougar aircraft, the S.S. President Wilson, and the Canadian Pacific Railway. The National flags of Japan, Great Britain, America, and Canada are also depicted.
Matsuoka Yosuke (statesman and diplomat) withdraws from the United Nations in 1933 and given a heroes welcome on his return to Tokyo. He was minister for foreign affairs during July 1940 to July 1941, and was one of the architects of the Tripartite Agreement of 1940. Japan was critisized against their occupation of Manchuria.
A man's haori (short coat) showing Admiral Togo standing on the bridge of the flagship Mikasa, and a painting by Shitaro Toiji of the event. Admiral Togo is about to engage the Russian Baltic Fleet at the Battle of Tsushima, May 27th. 1905. A "Z" flag (Z for Zulu) is flying from the yardarm to signal the attack, the analogy being that it was the last letter of the alphabet, and no one was coming to help them. The same flag would be flown in 1941 to signal the attack on Pearl Harbor.
Kimono fabric. One year after the signing of the 1951 San Francisco Peace Treaty, Peace cigarettes (Japan Tobacco) brought out their new logo of a peace dove carrying an olive branch. Also shown are Shinsei cigarettes, shinsei, which means new direction, or new life. Optimism was running high after the war.
Kimono fabric detail (left) showing a signed hinomaru yosegaki flag attached to an Arisaka rifle barrel. These small flags were carried into battle as a good luck charm, and for spiritual protection against bullets. An actual flag is shown on the right. Both pieces are from the author's collection of over 500 textiles.