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Tokyo - Fall of 1945

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    2007,3007.88

  • Title (object)

    • Tokyo - Fall of 1945
  • Description

    Photobook. Two vols. First and second edition.Text in English and Japanese.

  • Producer name

  • Date

    • 1946
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Curator's comments

    During the war Kimura worked as photographic editor of magazine 'Front', published by Toho-sha (Far East Co.), which quickly renamed itself 'Company of Culture (Bunka-sha)' after the surrender. The present was their second publication. It is likely that the subtitle 'Fall of 1945' is an intended pun - the Japanese title simply says 'Autumn 1945'. The 'Forword' is rich in metaphor: “The cause of the disease was deeper than expected and had laid hidden within the body for a long time. It was clear to anyone that this necessitated a big surgical operation. And then in the summer of 1945, a surgical operation of great proportion was effected in the presence of many witnesses... Tokyo today is still convalescent. She is still far from being called a metropolis, but has taken her first unsteady step after having undergone treatments such as continuous injections and blood transfusions. The scars of her surgical operation is still fresh...”. Black markets, GIs & Jeeps, queues, returning soldiers, cereal crops being grown at Nihonbashi, and scars everywhere... this is a superb document from beginning to end. The first edition was published in May '46, the second issue is published in July of the same year, with the title in white as opposed to yellow, several of the images are changed, and curiously the paper quality is inferior to the first edition. (Titus Boeder, 4/07)

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  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    2008 Feb 18-2008 Jun 1, BM Japanese Galleries, 'Japan from prehistory to the present'
    2009 Oct 25-2010 Feb 14, BM Japanese Galleries, 'Japan from prehistory to the present'
    2011 Jun - 2011 Oct, BM Japanese Galleries, 'Japan from prehistory to the present'
    2012 Oct - 2013 Apr, BM, Japanese Galleries, 'Japan from Prehistory to the Present'

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  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    2007

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    2007,3007.88

  • Additional IDs

    • PB.87 (Photobook number)

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