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.

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