Dieselpunk + Steampunk Culture

Not so long ago a friend dropped me a link to a Russian website dedicated to traditional Japanese clothing. Frankly, it's not my cup of tea, but the content seemed rather interesting.

Kids' kimono of 1920s and 1930s. What prints can we see on it? Pets, probably?
Here's one:

Maybe sweets? Treat yourself.

By the way, caramel and chocolate are not only sweet - they are a sign of Westernization and the packages are marked in a Western way.
But pets and sweets are certainly not the point.
What boy doesn't dream of a motorbike (and a machine gun)?

Or of an officers' cap and insignia?

Airplanes are also here:

As well as warships.

And tanks.

And Mom's wearing an obi (kimono belt) printed after a fashion:

Peaceful, easy childhood...


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Comment by lord_k on March 8, 2010 at 2:00pm
No news - good news, they say. Actually there's a kind of obsession with everything Japanese in Russia, especially everything linked with anime pictures that I never liked or understood. There are few exceptions, of course, but Japanese culture in its 'high' or 'popular' versions is by no means my cup of anything.
If I lived in Russia I could get the right proportion and probably discover the reasons for this phaenomena. But I'm far away and what I see over the Web is much more than bizarre.
Comment by Tome Wilson on March 8, 2010 at 1:47pm
It's odd. You almost never hear about Russia in America's popular news outlets these days. Unless something really bad happens (like a war), there's zero mention of what's happening over there.

I could see the link between Japanese and Russian art, but this is just bizarre.
Comment by lord_k on March 6, 2010 at 4:08pm
Thanks for the link, Larry. I don't feel like I'd use it in near future, but vivra viendra (we'll live, we'll see).
Comment by Larry on March 6, 2010 at 4:05pm
Thanks for posting this, lord_k. I found it very interesting.

The fascists took the ancient religion of Shinto as well as the rest of Japanese culture and twisted it into a tool of the State. Being that I'm a practitioner of Shinto, among other Wisdom Traditions, I have some knowledge of this topic.

You might find interesting the book, KAMI NO MICHI, The Way of the Kami, The Life And Thought Of A Shinto Priest by Guji Yukitaka Yamamoto, In it he writes of his experiences fighting in WWII along with providing a good explanation of Shinto. It can be read online at http://www.tsubakishrine.org/kaminomichi/index.html

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