BEAUTIFUL ILLUSIONS: Aesthetics and Wartime Ideology of Imperial Japan
BEAUTIFUL ILLUSIONS: Aesthetics and Wartime Ideology of Imperial Japan


By bringing together elements of photographic technology and process, aesthetics, politics and cleaning products in an immersive, experimental and original whole, this project explores the aesthetics and wartime ideology of Imperial Japan.

— Ying Min Goh
www.gohyingmin.com
 

 Dusk, that most beautiful moment. With no pattern. Millions of images appear and disappear. Beloved people. How unbearable to die in the sky.

Dusk, that most beautiful moment. With no pattern. Millions of images appear and disappear. Beloved people. How unbearable to die in the sky.

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 Gazing at the sky in the quiet dusk, while listening to the sparrows gather in a large tree, I was reminded of Coppée’s essay titled “Sunset.” The last chorus of the day was perhaps the prayer to the setting sun. The dusk, the time for withering, as Novalis said, is approaching. It is indeed peaceful. But it is also a very lonely sunset.

Gazing at the sky in the quiet dusk, while listening to the sparrows gather in a large tree, I was reminded of Coppée’s essay titled “Sunset.” The last chorus of the day was perhaps the prayer to the setting sun. The dusk, the time for withering, as Novalis said, is approaching. It is indeed peaceful. But it is also a very lonely sunset.

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 [...] When I gaze at the ocean as dusk gathers, and am as relaxed as I am just now, I feel the need to seriously question why people ever have to hate one another and to cross swords. [...] Why do we have to spend the springtime of our lives in such misery as this, and all in vain? [...]

[...] When I gaze at the ocean as dusk gathers, and am as relaxed as I am just now, I feel the need to seriously question why people ever have to hate one another and to cross swords. [...] Why do we have to spend the springtime of our lives in such misery as this, and all in vain? [...]

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Bataan Death March
Bataan Death March
Comfort Women
Comfort Women
Manila Massacre
Manila Massacre
Rape of Nanking
Rape of Nanking
Rape of Nanking
Rape of Nanking
Rape of Nanking
Rape of Nanking
Rape of Nanking
Rape of Nanking
Sandakan Death March
Sandakan Death March
Unit 731
Unit 731
Unit 731
Unit 731
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Hideki Tojo
Hideki Tojo
Kenji Doihara
Kenji Doihara
Iwane Matsui
Iwane Matsui
Heitaro Kimura
Heitaro Kimura
Kohki Hirota
Kohki Hirota
Seishiro Itagaki
Seishiro Itagaki
Akira Muto
Akira Muto
Yosuke Matsuoka
Yosuke Matsuoka
Osami Nagano
Osami Nagano
Shiratori Toshio
Shiratori Toshio
Hiranuma Kiichiro
Hiranuma Kiichiro
Kuniaki Koiso
Kuniaki Koiso
Shigenori Togo
Shigenori Togo
Yoshijiro Umezu
Yoshijiro Umezu
Yosuke Matsuoka
Yosuke Matsuoka
BEAUTIFUL ILLUSIONS: Aesthetics and Wartime Ideology of Imperial Japan
 Dusk, that most beautiful moment. With no pattern. Millions of images appear and disappear. Beloved people. How unbearable to die in the sky.
parti-02.jpg
parti-03.jpg
parti-06.jpg
 Gazing at the sky in the quiet dusk, while listening to the sparrows gather in a large tree, I was reminded of Coppée’s essay titled “Sunset.” The last chorus of the day was perhaps the prayer to the setting sun. The dusk, the time for withering, as Novalis said, is approaching. It is indeed peaceful. But it is also a very lonely sunset.
parti-09.jpg
parti-07.jpg
parti-08.jpg
 [...] When I gaze at the ocean as dusk gathers, and am as relaxed as I am just now, I feel the need to seriously question why people ever have to hate one another and to cross swords. [...] Why do we have to spend the springtime of our lives in such misery as this, and all in vain? [...]
parti-10.jpg
parti-04.jpg
parti-12.jpg
partii-text.jpg
Bataan Death March
Comfort Women
Manila Massacre
Rape of Nanking
Rape of Nanking
Rape of Nanking
Rape of Nanking
Sandakan Death March
Unit 731
Unit 731
partiii-text.jpg
Hideki Tojo
Kenji Doihara
Iwane Matsui
Heitaro Kimura
Kohki Hirota
Seishiro Itagaki
Akira Muto
Yosuke Matsuoka
Osami Nagano
Shiratori Toshio
Hiranuma Kiichiro
Kuniaki Koiso
Shigenori Togo
Yoshijiro Umezu
Yosuke Matsuoka
BEAUTIFUL ILLUSIONS: Aesthetics and Wartime Ideology of Imperial Japan


By bringing together elements of photographic technology and process, aesthetics, politics and cleaning products in an immersive, experimental and original whole, this project explores the aesthetics and wartime ideology of Imperial Japan.

— Ying Min Goh
www.gohyingmin.com
 

Dusk, that most beautiful moment. With no pattern. Millions of images appear and disappear. Beloved people. How unbearable to die in the sky.

Gazing at the sky in the quiet dusk, while listening to the sparrows gather in a large tree, I was reminded of Coppée’s essay titled “Sunset.” The last chorus of the day was perhaps the prayer to the setting sun. The dusk, the time for withering, as Novalis said, is approaching. It is indeed peaceful. But it is also a very lonely sunset.

[...] When I gaze at the ocean as dusk gathers, and am as relaxed as I am just now, I feel the need to seriously question why people ever have to hate one another and to cross swords. [...] Why do we have to spend the springtime of our lives in such misery as this, and all in vain? [...]

Bataan Death March
Comfort Women
Manila Massacre
Rape of Nanking
Rape of Nanking
Rape of Nanking
Rape of Nanking
Sandakan Death March
Unit 731
Unit 731
Hideki Tojo
Kenji Doihara
Iwane Matsui
Heitaro Kimura
Kohki Hirota
Seishiro Itagaki
Akira Muto
Yosuke Matsuoka
Osami Nagano
Shiratori Toshio
Hiranuma Kiichiro
Kuniaki Koiso
Shigenori Togo
Yoshijiro Umezu
Yosuke Matsuoka
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