This book and the exhibition with the same title are considered by Takashi Murakami as the close of the ‘Superflat Trilogy’ which began with the exhibition and publication ‘Superflat’ in 2000. The ‘Little Boy’ exhibition was held at Japan Society Gallery and various venues in New York from April to July 2005. ‘Little Boy’ explores the culture of postwar Japan through its arts and popular visual media. In Murakami's perspective, a resonant figure for Japan's contemporary condition is that of the 'little boy', both the nickname for the bomb dropped on Hiroshima and an image of Japan's infantalized culture. Works including film and video animations, video games, internet sites, music, toys, and fashion, are presented. With bibliography.

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Earth in My Window - Takashi MURAKAMI, 村上隆
Superflat Trilogy - Takashi MURAKAMI, 村上隆
Otaku Talk - Toshio Okada and Kaichiro Morikawa, moderated by Takashi Murakami
On the Battlefield of 'Superflat': Subculture and Art in Postwar Japan - Noi SAWARAGI, 椹木野衣
Beyond the Pleasure Room to a Chaotic Street: Transformations of Cute Subculture in the Art of the Japanese Nineties - Midori MATSUI, 松井みどり
Introducing Little Boy - Alexandra MUNROE
Murakami's Manhattan Project - Tom ECCLES
In the Air - Katy SIEGEL
Little Boy: The Arts of Japan's Exploding Subculture
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Little Boy: The Arts of Japan's Exploding Subculture