Boy’s Kimono with Streamline Train


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 231

In 1932 Japan invaded Manchuria, a large region of northeast China, and established a puppet state there. Two years later, the Japanese-run South Manchuria Railway opened the Asia Express, a train that could make the trip from Dalian to Xinjing in only eight and a half hours. Averaging 82.5 kilometers per hour and topping out at 120, the train’s speed rivaled lines in the United States and Europe. The Asia Express became the symbol of an ultramodern empire.

Boy’s Kimono with Streamline Train, Plain-weave wool muslin with printing, Japan

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