Reimagining Japan’s history through the lens

By Brennavan Sritharan

In Japan, years are counted the Western way as a linear progression starting from year 1, but they are also counted as a series of periods relating to whichever Emperor is in power. 2014 was also the 26th year of the Heisei period, for example; the last period, Showa, lasted 64 years until 1989. Kazuyoshi Usui’s series, Showa88, depicts an alternative universe in which the Emperor kept going – extending a difficult but vibrant era.

“Japan now is said to be suffering from a long stagnation but there is very little hardship here,” he says. “But although there is no physical …read more

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