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The Emperor's New Clothes

The Emperor's New Clothes

This piece accompanies the winning short story of GQ's annual competition.
The narrative allows us a glimpse into the American Army's office in Japan shortly after the Japanese surrender in 1945. There, looking into a mirror held for him, the Japanese emperor dressed in a western suit borrows an old hat that he decides to doff when greeting his people.
His reflection shows the traditional Emperor's dress, representing a Japan that had disappeared forever.

Ellie Foreman-Peck's illustration to accompany The Emperor's New Clothes
Ellie Foreman-Peck's illustration to accompany The Emperor's New Clothes