The Japanese poster collection contains approximately 45 posters on the following topics: Japanese products and design; railways,
ocean liners and tourism; Japanese art and design exhibitions; Japanese imperial modernity (including colonies in Korea,
Manchuria, and northeastern China); and Japanese Ministry and Telecommunications campaigns. The posters reflect both Japanese
painting techniques (
nihonga) and Western painting techniques (
yōga). Pictorial styles range from neo-traditionalism derived from woodblock prints (
ukiyoe) to modernism. The prominence of beautiful women (
bijin) as an aesthetic category in the collection is of note. Most of the posters were produced using the offset lithographic printing
technique. The posters were created by prominent designers, commissioned by large Japanese corporations and government ministries,
and produced by Japan's major offset printing companies.
0.21 Linear Feet
Approximately 45 posters stored in 3 oversize folders
Permission for publication is given on behalf of the East Asian Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended
to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.
The collection is too fragile to be handled. Patrons are recommended to view the Scalar project "Unpinning History".