Japanese Posters

Hiroshi Ōuchi / Illustration detail from a calendar designed by the artist as a gift to friends
Graphis Annual 71/72

Tadanori Yokoo / Cover of a large-format book about Edo, as Tokyo was formerly called
Graphis Annual 73/74

Kenichi Matsunaga / Poster for drinks produced by the Suntory distillery and brewery
Graphis Posters 73

Kazumasa Nagai / Poster for an exhibition of the artist’s work
Graphis Annual 70/71

Ikko Tanaka / Theatre poster – Selected Fables
Graphis Posters 73

Hisami Kunitake / Silkscreen exhibition poster for the Nagasaki Prefecture
Graphis Annual 70/71

Ikko Tanaka / Theatre poster – Bronze medal for a cultural poster, Poster Biennale Warsaw 1972
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Sandi       VincentSandi Vincent grew up in the bay area of California surrounded by mid-century modern architecture and other influences responsible for her affinity for the period and its pop style, including her early exposure to The Monkees, The Avengers and Gerald McBoing-Boing. Sandi now resides in Portland. In her day job at a community foundation, she sports the web/social media/print materials coordinator title.

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Expo ’70 Poster / Designed by Shigeo Fukuda

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Japan’s Telecommunications Pavilion at Expo ’70 / Photographer: Carl Mydans

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Korea Pavilion at Expo ’70 / Photographer: Carl Mydans

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Osaka Expo ’70 Kodak & Ricoh Pavilion

[ Image via Takato Marui ]

Pagoda at Furukawa Pavilion at Expo ’70 / Photographer: Carl Mydans

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Fuji Pavilion at Expo ’70 / Photographer: Carl Mydans

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Canadian Pavillion at Expo ’70

[ Image via Takato Marui ]

Multiple domes of Japanese Pavilion at Expo ’70 / Photographer: Carl Mydans

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Expo’70, the 1970 World’s Fair in Osaka, Japan / Higher Wharf Productions 2009

大阪万博 Expo70 Our two day tour originated in Tokyo. We traveled to Nagoya on the bullet train and visited Kyoto in the afternoon. The second day we saw the World’s Fair and returned to Tokyo that night. The fair was very crowded and all the pavilions had long lines, so we didn’t see much. Westerners were a novelty though, especially the ones with blond hair! Mary Hopkin, the singer, gave several concerts at the fair. Her song in Japanese is extraordinarily beautiful.

Expo ’70 Logo / Designed by Takeshi Otaka

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Expo ’70 was a World’s Fair held in Suita, Osaka, Japan between March 15 and September 13, 1970. The theme of the Expo was “Progress and Harmony for Mankind.” In Japanese, Expo ’70 is often referred to as Ōsaka Banpaku (大阪万博). This was the first World’s Fair held in Japan.

The master plan for the Expo was designed by the Japanese architect Kenzo Tange helped by 12 other Japanese architects who designed elements within it. Bridging the site along a north/south axis was the Symbol Zone. Planned on three levels it was primarily a social space which had a unifying space frame roof…

Learn more at Wikipedia >>

Further information:
>> Osaka 1970 – Expo Museum
>> Expo ’70 footage (Wonderful 9 min film) – DigitalNZ (New Zealand)