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Maker(s):Kageyama Kōyō
Culture:Japanese (1907-1981)
Title:An American Soldier and a "Base Girl" Going Straight to a Hotel
Date Made:1951
Materials:gelatin silver print
Measurements:Sheet: 11 x 14"; Image: 8.625 x 13"
Accession Number:  AC 2014.65
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:
Kageyama Kōyō writes about this photograph: “The first things to appear after the chaos of war were black marketers and prostitutes. From food and sex, the two main instincts of human beings, the power of life rushed out and filled [the void]. The so-called ‘Pan Pan Girls,’ one of the symbols of postwar Japan, give the bodies over to the soldiers of the occupying forces, and were said to have been a dike protecting Japanese womanhood. . . . The times were described as the ‘Three S and Three P’ era. The Ss were sex, [silver] screen, and strip [bar]; the Ps were Pan Pan Girls, Pachinko, and hiroPon (heroin).”

Professor Samuel C. Morse, 2015

sexuality; military; women; soldiers

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