Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

1930s Vintage Japanese Travel Posters

main2.jpg
main3.jpg
main1.jpg

We’ve all dreamed of visiting Japan at some stage or another. Maybe you already have. Maybe you’re Japanese and already there. Or maybe you’ve been waiting to lock your eyes onto these vintage beauties.

A reminder of a time before bullet trains, 24hr sushi, and enough giant flashing billboards to put Times Square to shame, these rare and largely unseen travel posters portray Japan at its most scenic. And they’re about to go up for auction.

Unearthed by a student raiding the contents of an antique shop bequeathed to him by an elderly aunt, the remarkable pieces of artwork, created in the woodblock tradition of Asian printmaking , were originally commissioned by the Japanese tourism bureau and rail agencies in the 1930s.

Up for sale at the Vintage Movie Posters Signature Auction in Dallas on 22 March, the pieces are expected to reach £600 and above - about the same price for a one-way flight to Tokyo, we imagine.

____________________________________________________________

Standing on Mountains (Nagoya Rail Agency)

____________________________________________________________

Mount Kumgang (Japanese Tourist Bureau)

____________________________________________________________

Autumn in Nagoya (Nagoya Tourism Bureau)

____________________________________________________________

Fields of Colour, Yamanashi Prefecture (Japanese Railways)

____________________________________________________________

Summer at Miho Peninsula (Nagoya Rail Agency)

____________________________________________________________

Sea Bathing in Obama, Fukui (Osaka and Nagoya Rail Agency)

____________________________________________________________

Chuba, Futamata (Nagoya Rail Agency)

____________________________________________________________

Hakusan, Ready to be Climbed (Nagoya Rail Agency)

____________________________________________________________

Kirishima, Kagoshim Prefecture, Retreat of Spirits (Japanese Rail)

____________________________________________________________

Related

travelhero.jpg

Finalists of National Geographic traveller photography

jet5.jpg

Is This The Future Of Air Travel?

hero1.jpg

Coen Brothers Movies As Gig Posters

moviehero1.jpg

Ace Literal movie posters

grand-budapest-hero.jpg

Alternative Grand Budapest Hotel posters

alt-hero.jpg

The 10 best alternative film posters of 2013

Comments

More

Doris, and why we name storms

They all have names, and we decided on them

by Matt Tate
23 Feb 2017

A Swedish politician reckons we should all be paid to fuck during work

Ooooooh, afternoon delight

by Alex Finnis
23 Feb 2017

Teens that drink and smoke weed are smarter, says study

Less Bill and Ted, more McLovin

by Emily Badiozzaman
23 Feb 2017

NASA's released travel posters of the new solar system

The closest we'll get to the new planets for now

by Alex Finnis
23 Feb 2017

Brexit might mean we have to pay to go to Europe

Popping over for some cheap wine? Nope.

by Emily Badiozzaman
23 Feb 2017

US election-predicting professor certain Trump will be impeached

Says it's a case of when not if

by Emily Badiozzaman
23 Feb 2017

Man erects 6ft Jeremy Clarkson head in his front garden

How long until this gets vandalised?

by Alex Finnis
22 Feb 2017

This homeless man found out he'd got a job and it made his day

Joy still exists

by Emily Badiozzaman
22 Feb 2017

Find out what your life would be like in other countries

Discover how you'd be doing if you lived in different places all round the world

by Alex Finnis
22 Feb 2017

Iceland President apologises for his controversial stance on pizza

And shares his personal recommendations

by Emily Badiozzaman
22 Feb 2017