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Maker(s):Kageyama Kōyō
Culture:Japanese (1907-1981)
Title:Brides for the Continent
Date Made:1940-02-15
Materials:gelatin silver print
Measurements:Sheet: 11 x 14"; Image: 9.5 x 12.875"
Accession Number:  AC 2014.55
Credit Line:Museum purchase with gift of funds from Scott H. Nagle (Class of 1985) in honor of Samuel C. Morse, Howard M. and Martha P. Mitchell Professor of the History of Art and Asian Languages and Civilizations, and the Richard Templeton (Class of 1931) Photography Fund
Museum Collection:  Mead Art Museum at Amherst College

Label Text:
Japan invaded Manchuria in 1931 and in the following year set up the puppet state of Manchukuo. For Japan, Manchuria was the new frontier, with wide-open spaces and abundant resources. The government built up carefully planned cities and settled them with families recruited to realize Japan’s colonialist goals. In 1940 a mass wedding ceremony was held at Nogi Shrine in Tokyo before the couples departed for the continent with the hope that they would raise families and transform the region into a full-fledged colony.

Professor Samuel C. Morse, 2015

ceremonies; weddings; men; women; soldiers; wars

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