In 1935, Kyodo Print Co. Ltd. published a statistical atlas of the city of Tokyo. The collection of illustrated documents exploring Tokyo City was a forerunner in its use of Isotype. This new visual language was used to convey complicated information to the reader by translating it graphically.
The Atlas of Japan gathers 164 colorful maps showing the diversity of the Japanese territory using a very expressive and accessible graphic style.
Japan Architect is an international magazine aimed at promoting contemporary Japanese architecture through projects, theoretical drawings and essays.
Kitaoka Fumio was a Japanese artist known for his woodblock printing representing various subjects such as post-war Japan, picturesque scenes or abstract forms.
Kawahara Keiga offers through his paintings a glimpse of the mixed and circumscribed universe in Dejima. This island was the only entry point for Dutch ships to Japan during the Edo period.
Junichiro Sekino was a Japanese artist very versatile who was always exploring new techniques and subjects. He created a series on rooftops, representing them in unusual and very elaborate compositions, painting a true testimony of traditional Japanese architecture.
Kogundou is a collection of Japanese archives. Their content ranges from old Japanese maps to magazines from World War II, handwritten documents from the Edo period and children’s books. Advertising documents, poetry collections, postcards offer a broad overview of graphic production in Japanese society, through the various events of the past centuries.
Following the Kanto earthquake, the reconstruction of japanese cities was accompanied by a new modern model of independant woman, the moga. The Japanese women of the city, found in Western fashion the affirmation of her independence. The newly rebuilt Tokyo will know many avant-garde cultural movements, affirming its modernity. The exposure to a new aesthetics, to a diversification of arts, to another music (jazz) encouraged the emancipation of the woman in the traditional Japanese society.
Mitsuo Fuchida made the map of the battle report of the Pearl Harbor attack on the way back to Japan. With other pilots of the squadron, and military staff, he draw 60 ships and hand colored them in green, blue and yellow watercolors. The colors and other notes provide the type and size of the ships, and the level of damage (minor, moderate, serious and sunk). The map is 80x61cm and dated December 8, 1941 (Tokyo time) with a red label : 軍極秘 (Top Secret).
Power lines are without a doubt an inseparable part of the Japanese urban landscape. This visual network inspired the Japanese painter Akira Yamaguchi for his series, Electric Pole.