TYPE: Kimono
CONDITION: Very well made and in nice shape
NOTES: I've seen a similar propaganda image on a dish dated to 1895. It's Meiji era for sure.
ITEM ID: 2007
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Sino-Japanese War Kimono

Year: 1895
Decade: 1890s
Century: 19th (1801-1900)

Sino-Japanese War silk kimono with stitched decoration of a Japanese soldier pointing his rifle at a Chinese man while a Korea man sits in the middle smoking an opium pipe. Japan saw its role as protecting the Korean peninsula against Chinese aggression and wanted to develop the entire Manchurian area for business. This is what caused the Sino-Japanese War of 1894-95, and other war that followed. The make of the kimono, as well as the the image of the Japanese soldier (who is wearing the correct uniform for the Meiji Imperial Army) indicates the kimono is from the Meiji era. This type of image would not be shown on a later war kimono – because it is a propaganda kimono, the designer would use the modern uniform. His rifle is Meiji era as well.