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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
Last month I started posting the month by month illustrated cards that comprise a gorgeous promotional calendar put out by the Fujiya Hotel in Miyanoshita (still in business, established in 1878). Here is the illustrated card for March, commemorating "Hinamatsuri" (Doll Festival), celebrated on the third day of the third month (March 3rd). The description on the back of the card explains that the Doll Festival has many interpretations, "but above all families observe it because of the love of children by Japanese parents, their joy and pride in them, and their desire to please them."
How postcards, trade cards, and real photo postcards teach us about history. https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/24/us/a-postcard-view-of-african-american-life.html
Europe’s gas scare influences 1935 fashion, gearing up for “the Next War.” Eerie omen from the past, but not completely without humor. Thanks for that. From The Fiji Press, Asian edition, daily on board NYK Lines, August 12, 1935. (The mask is sun protection)
Happy 10 years Omeka. ReEnvisioning Japan University of Rochester uses Omeka! Makes sense that the word Omeka means display, layout, unpack in Swahili #Omeka10years ReEnvisioning Japan at https://rej.lib.rochester.edu/
How Japan sees the wider world in 1873: it's tough to be an original thinker!
Japan as destination in 20th century visual and material culture.
The World's Fair in a Nutshell
Chocolat d'Aiguebelle "The Russo-Japanese War" Trade Cards
Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition Button Pin
Come Back to Bamboo Land