The Confusion Era:
Art and Culture of Japan During the Allied Occupation, 1945-1952
The Allied Occupation, immediately following the end of
the Second World War, witnessed profound American involvement in virtually
every aspect of life in Japan, forever changing the dynamic between the
countries. Numerous studies addressing politics, economic
and constitutional development, and education reform have been published
but little has been written concerning the conditions of the arts during
this formative era. As the world marks a half century since the events of
the Occupation, it is time to reflect on the creative environment that affected
the cultural and social life of the country. The Confusion Era: Art
and Culture of Japan During the Allied Occupation,1945-1952,brings
together an eminent, lively group of authors for a critical exploration
of the achievements and experiments of this crucial time.
a selection from The Confusion Era, "Don't Sell Salt Illegally: Posters in Occupied Japan," detailing the work of poster designers and printers just after
the Occupation began. After you read the selections, visit the poster gallery
to see the resilience of Japan's artists and the effect of design and mass
communication on a recovering Japan.
Foreword to the print edition, The Confusion
Era: Art and Culture of Japan During Allied Occupation, 1945-1952
"Don't Sell Salt Illegally: Posters in Occupied
Japan," James Howard Fraser
All text and images herein are courtesy of the Smithsonian
Institution. All material intended for educational use only.