'Discover, Discover Japan'

Sep 11, 2014

'Discover, Discover Japan'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

In October 1970, Japanese National Railways launched its Discover Japan advertising campaign in the hopes of keeping and cultivating the increased number of railway users that it had gained during the Japan World Exposition, which had finished a month earlier. With Wakao Fujioka of ...

'Jean Fautrier'

May 21, 2014

'Jean Fautrier'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

After being detained by the Gestapo for his involvement with the Resistance during World War II, Jean Fautrier (1898-1964) began working on the series “Hostages” as a response to the horrors that took place in German-occupied France. In expressing this dark theme, he developed ...

'Shohachi Kimura'

Mar 28, 2013

'Shohachi Kimura'

by Tomohiro Osaki

Shohachi Kimura (1893-1958) developed an early interest in foreign novels and other facets of Western culture. He first aspired to become a writer, but changed his mind at age 18 to pursue art and painting. Still interested in literature, however, he often contributed illustrations ...