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Re-Envisioning Japan is an open-ended recuperative project based on an original collection of tourism, travel and educational ephemera in a wide range of media. Most of the objects in the collection are common use items; they all document personal experience, cross-cultural encounters, and changing representations of Japan and its place in the world in the early to mid 20th century. read more
Rarely seen photographs by Frank Lloyd Wright of his first trip to Japan. See also the website https://www.wrightsjapan1905.org/photographs/
Excerpts of this footage can be seen in the 1946 U.S. War Department film "A Tale of Two Cities" (available on the Internet Archive and ReEnvisioning Japan University of Rochester
Announcing the 12th Film Preservation and Restoration Workshop, in Tokyo for the second year in a row, Aug. 25-27. http://filmpres.org/whatsnew/8174/
A step back in time, thanks to a 3 minute B/W 16mm film digitization project. This is the only footage owned by the museum that shows how HIroshima looked before the A-bomb. It is believed to have been shot in 1935.
A subject that remains incredibly difficult to broach is the role of Japan in the Second World War. For Asia, that war began in 1938 with the occupation of the Korean Peninsula followed by the advance of Japanese troops throughout China. Although claiming to create an East Asian Co-Prosperity Sphere, many of the Japanese actions were incredibly violent acts of colonialism. As the war escalated, and with the advent of the attack on Pearl Harbor, the USA became more involved in global affairs, and confronted the "Japanese Threat" in the Pacific. To boost the war effort at home, propaganda such as these post cards were commonplace, racially charged objects that promoted a patriotic deprecation of the Japanese. Slant eyed and over-toothed, the Japanese were made sub human elements deserving of the full brunt of American martial might: even the experimental dropping of newly engineered atomic weapons. These postcards are but one of the facets of national war efforts, trying to legitimize and contextualize their actions. It never is as simple as an image makes it seem though: these postcards were last exhibited besides a photographic documentation of American internment camps for people of Japanese descent by Margaret Miyake and Notch Miyake. War breeds ugliness on every side. -Eric Yarmoff (Take 5 Scholar, REJ Independent Study, Spring 2017, University of Rochester) https://rej.lib.rochester.edu/viewer/4194 https://rej.lib.rochester.edu/viewer/4195 https://rej.lib.rochester.edu/viewer/4196
Japan as destination in 20th century visual and material culture.
The World's Fair in a Nutshell