I am not quite a historian here myself but as far as I know, Okinawa, where a lot of us think this destination would be a xanadu for us as a vacation as well as where it was the center of the war codenamed Operation Iceberg. Hell, I am not going to explain what the war is all about but I am pretty sure I have to take a look at it as a Japanese.

For about 5 years, following the end of World War II in 1945 (around 1947 from my research) until 1952 with a restoration of full sovereignty back to Japan, the economy was so bad that Japan needed to rebuild itself by taking some actions. One of the actions was to export the products out of the country under the agreement below.


“The Imperial Japanese Government is hereby directed to take immediate steps to insure that every article prepared for export after 15 days of receipt of this directive will be marked, stamped, branded or labeled in legible English with the words ”Made in occupied Japan”


Regardless of the goods, as the agreement stated, especially the phrase “Made in Occupied Japan” was mandatory for all products. I am nor a collector or obsessed with vintage products, rather I am big fan and I just would love to take a look at it. I did not know this term but some of vintage enthusiast might know this term and really well known for vintage camera collectors. 

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These two keys “Okinawa” and “Made in Occupied Japan”, The Japanese creator established the brand with name itself Made in Occupied Japan to convey a message “PEACE” engraved to their product.


Their products are manufactured with the goods called shelter half tent that was used by soldier to build a small tent by combining one piece per person putting together.


I personally would rather want to express wholeheartedly my respect to their creation than just detailing the products because they stated at the website that even though those small piece of tents are really useful in fabric and texture-wise. However, when it comes to think of them as an actual use, these are negative, unforgettable legacies that we must embrace as Japanese individuals. Intentional usage of these legacies that is left for them as their product not only teaches us how important of message their creation conveys, but also acceptance of the history that we have created and learn a lesson from it.

Take a look at their official website and see for yourself.



Copyright (C) Made in Occupied Japan All Rights Reserved.
The story of MIOJ (Made in Occupied Japan). (2014, March). Retrieved from All Japan Classic Camera Club by Mr. Takashima

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