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Maker(s):Kageyama Kōyō
Culture:Japanese (1907-1981)
Title:"Hinomaru" Written in Blood
Date Made:1937-10-12
Materials:gelatin silver print
Measurements:Sheet: 14 x 11"; Image: 13 x 8.75"
Accession Number:  AC 2014.54
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:
As Japan became increasingly embroiled in war in China in the mid-1930s, increasing numbers of young men were conscripted to be sent to fight on the continent. Groups of soldiers taking leave of their hometowns were a frequent sight on the streets of Japan’s cities. Kageyama photographed these soldiers at Surugadai in central Tokyo just after they had pledged their loyalty to the empire by making a Hinomaru, the Japanese flag, with their own blood.

Professor Samuel C. Morse, 2015

military; uniforms; wars; soldiers

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