Godzilla Showa Celebration!

by | Feb 13, 2021

So what the hell is “Showa“? Apparently its a period in Japanese history that spanned 1926-1989 and was marked by the reign of Emperor Hirohito. As westerners, the significance and nuance of this demarcation might be lost. The militarization, the post war occupation, and the ultimate rebuilding of Japanese society and its economy into one of the world’s great superpowers seems like it ought to be one of the more, if not the most, turbulent times within the countries history. These figures, beginning with Godzilla and steadily multiplying, the Kaiju were an allegory for the destruction of the nuclear bombs that devastated the country alongside more conventional horrors and ordinances unleashed by America. The unnatural mutated forms that the kaiju represented were perhaps the beginning of a cultural dominance that Japan. While Japan’s soft power game at the government level might be no better no worse than any other nation, the infiltration of Japanese culture, art, and sensibilities into western culture is second to none. Japan like any other nation has a rich history, but the modern adaptation and their proliferation- no one does it better. This design, the stylized celebration of Japanese innovation works so well, because it points to the creativity and adaptability that exist within the Japanese market. One can only wish that America or any other country could be so adaptable and experimental.

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