Tadanori Yokoo, born in Nishiwaki, Japan, in 1936, is one of Japan’s most successful and internationally recognized graphic designers and artists. He began his career as a stage designer for avant garde theatre in Tokyo. […]
Continuing the themes I discussed in Macabre and Erotic Obsessions: Contemporary Japanese Illustration, the wonderfully elegant line work of Kotaro Chiba.
Hiroshi Yoshida (吉田 博, 1876 – 1950) was a 20th-century Japanese painter and woodblock printmaker. He is regarded as one of the greatest artists of the shin-hanga style, and is noted especially for his excellent landscape […]
This is a poster for the Kyoto Grand Exposition in Commemoration of the 1928 Imperial Coronation. Given the nationalist path Japan subsequently took, it’s hard not to read this as pure imperialist propaganda. And it […]
I find it difficult to answer the question “What is your favorite movie?” but not because I don’t have one. I don’t have a favorite color, or even one favorite food, but I do have […]
The work of Rie Yamashina explores the same themes of body, identity, and death we saw in my earlier post, Macabre & Erotic Obsessions: Contemporary Japanese Illustration.
Kyu Sakamoto stands over popular music in Japan the way Frank Sinatra stands over popular music in the U.S. This song actually made it to the Western charts with the title “Sukiyaki,” which is a […]