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Japanese Graphic Design from the 1920s-30s


“Fuji Weekly” cover, Oct 1930

Grand Nagoya Festival poster by Kenkichi Sugimoto, 1933

Kyoto Grand Exposition to Commemorate the Showa Imperial Coronation, 1928

“NAPF” (Nippona Artista Proleta Federacio) magazine cover, Feb 1931

“May 1″ movie poster by Hiromu Hara, 1928-1929

“The Advertising World” magazine cover, June 1926

“Reijin” sheet music cover, 1930

Poster for Tokyo Construction Fair, 1935

Poster for “Volga” and “College Life,” 1930 // Poster for “Kriemhild’s Revenge,” 1925

Nikke sports coat poster ad by Gihachiro Okayama, 1931

Nikke coat poster ad by Gihachiro Okayama, 1937

Nikke socks and knitwear poster ad by Gihachiro Okayama, 1937

These and more beautiful graphic design from japan can be found on pinktentacle or in the book “Modernism on Paper: Japanese Graphic Design of the 1920s-30s”, (published 2003).

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Published: December 14, 2011
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3 Comments

  1. Andre

    No it’s the “Grand Nagoya Festival poster by Kenkichi Sugimoto, 1933″ that’s “backwards.” Actually the kanji aren’t mirror images so this is the way it was printed. Japanese text can be written top to bottom and right to left and if you notice the text angles from the top right to the bottom left. I’m studying Japanese and kanji, so although I thought the poster was odd at first it was pretty easy to figure out once I thought about it. This might be just another way to write thing s or like the use of katakana for Japanese words just another way to get your attention.