Fifty years have passed since the first Tokyo Olympics, and with the city’s winning bid for 2020, now is a good time to reflect on the cultural progression that helped Japan win the honor to host in 1964.
Post-World War II Japan of the 1950s and ’60s saw many changes. It experienced record economic growth and advances in manufacturing and design that resulted in a wealth of goods that fascinated people across the world. “Made in Japan 50’s-60’s” presents artworks and related products that were not only born from the new era of mass production and consumerism, but also helped Japan gain a reputation for innovation and quality.
Running the gamut from industrial goods, interiors and crafts to graphic design and fashion, examples of exhibits include the TR-610 pocket radio by Sony, the Toyota Corolla car and Honda’s Super Cub motorcycle; Aug. 2-Sept. 23.
Iwami Art Museum; 5-15 Ariake-cho, Masuda, Shimane. Masuda Stn. 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m. ¥1,000. Closed Tue. 0856-31-1860; www.grandtoit.jp/museum