Showa Modern - Signs and Store Designs, 1920s–30s



Showa Modern: Signs and Store Designs, 1920s–30s ("Window fronts, shop interiors, and displays from city streets") / ISBN 9784861528750 / 224-page paperback with jacket from Seigensha / bilingual Japanese and English, illustrated throughout / see the companion volume


The signs, street and window displays, and other designs gathered in the pages are from a time of enormous change in Japanese cities that is known as the age of Showa Modern. Western modes and fashions entered Japan’s thriving cultural spheres at a dizzying pace. As advertisements, signs are destined to eventually be taken down or replaced, but even so they are an integral part of the urban scenery. Although the designs featured here are a century old, many seem new even now – proof that they have lost nothing of their striking presence. They reflect the pursuit of the Japanese design industry to create a peerless, colourful world of inspiring visualisations.

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