Japan on Display: Photography and the Emperor (Routledge/Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA) East Asian Series)

By Morris Low

Sixty years on from the top of the Pacific conflict, Japan on Display examines representations of the Meiji emperor, Mutsuhito (1852-1912) and his grandson the Showa emperor, Hirohito who used to be considered as a logo of the kingdom, in either warfare and peacetime. a lot of this illustration used to be aided through the phenomenon of photography.

The creation and improvement of images within the 19th century coincided with the necessity to make Hirohito’s grandfather, the younger Meiji Emperor, extra obvious. picture books and albums grew to become a well-liked structure for providing possible goal photos of the monarch, reminding the japanese in their proximity to the Emperor, and the imperial family members. within the 20th century, those 'national albums’ supplied a visible list of wars fought within the identify of the Emperor, whereas additionally documenting the reconstruction of Tokyo, clinical expeditions, and imperial excursions.

Drawing on archival records, images, and resources in either eastern and English, this publication throws new mild at the background of twentieth-century Japan and the vital function of Hirohito. With Japan’s defeat within the Pacific battle, the Emperor used to be remodeled from wartime chief to peace-loving scientist. Japan on Display seeks to appreciate this reinvention of a extra 'human’ Emperor and the function that images performed within the method.

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