A brief note on Google Culture

Google Culture is apparently producing some original content: “A brief history of Kimono”


It’s… ok, but not fantastic. Pretty, yes, and some decent history. But just on a quick survey I’d note two fundamental errors:

  • the historical sections are illustrated by anachronistic Tokugawa-modern kimono, rather than historically appropriate images. It’s not like there’s a shortage of classical or medieval portraiture or other materials that could be used.
  • There’s at least one page on which a legend (about sword-resistant kimono dyes) is presented almost as if it could be factual.

There’s no citations or sources, either, that I can see.

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