The Confusion Era:
Art and Culture of Japan During the Allied Occupation, 1945-1952

courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution

Kono Takashi, Sheltered Weaklings, 1953. Silk screen, 98.5 x 72.5 cm. Atelier Deska

Created as a personal response to the 1951 San Francisco peace agreement, Kono described his design's purpose by saying he wished to caution his fellow citizens against meekly following the "big American fish" in cultural, political, and social ways.