Maggie Kinser Hohle
- Page Count: 64
- Size: 4.75 x 4.75 inches
- Format: Casebound w/ accordion binding
- Publication Date: November 2004
- Price: $12.95
- ISBN: 978-0-9725636-5-9
Matchibako: Japanese Matchbox Art of the ’20s and ’30s depicts Japan’s swift transformation into an industrial empire in the early twentieth century, as illustrated in the infinitesimal advertisements on matchboxes from the period. In an uncertain society and its changing leisure market, matches joined cigarettes in Western-style hotels and cafes, and in sushi bars next door. Patrons might be found in Western dress or traditional kimono, debating Marx or the latest silent film, but all saw themselves reflected in the new graphism.
Click here for a PDF image the cover and two spreads as well as a picture of the open accordion-fold Matchibako book.
Although most were anonymously designed, these tiny remainders alternately show the influence of Cubism and the Bauhaus in illustration and English type, and retain conventional wood block fonts and right-to-left Japanese text. This little book is a delightful collection of images from the other side of the globe.
Completely illustrated in color
Maggie Kinser Hohle writes extensively on the graphic arts and arts of Japan.
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Graffiti Japan – Crazy, Wacky Theme Restaurants: Tokyo – Face Food: The Visual Creativity of Japanese Bento – Face Food Recipes