Japanese Modernism and The Jazz Age

Early Spring (Shensun): Manners of Showa Women (Showa bijiin fuzoka), 1931, by Ito Shinsui, colour woodblock, 35.4 x 23.3 cm. Lillian Ernestine Lobb Bequest

Japanese writer Junichiro Tanizaki (1886-1965) chronicled the rise of modernity and sexual freedoms among young people in Japan during the interwar years. His first major literary success, after the Great Kanto Earthquake in 1923 that devastated both Tokyo and Yokohama… Continue reading