Spring 2017 Books by Princeton University Press

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kanban traditional shop signs of japan alan scott pate kanban are the traditional signs japanese merchants displayed on the street to advertise their presence represent the products and services to be found inside their shops and lend a sense of individuality to the shops themselves created from wood bamboo iron paper fabric gold leaf and lacquer these unique objects evoke the frenetic market scenes of nineteenth and twentieth-century japan where merchants created a multifaceted world of symbol and meaning designed to engage the viewer and entice the customer kanban provides a tantalizing look at this distinctive fusion of art and commerce this beautifully illustrated book traces the history of shop signs in japan examines how they were created and explores some of the businesses and trades they advertised some kanban are elongated panels of lacquered wood painted with elegant calligraphy and striking images while others are ornately carved representative sculptures of munificent deities or carp climbing waterfalls there are oversized functional buddhist prayer beads and everyday objects such as tobacco pipes shoes combs and writing brushes the book also includes archival photographs of market life in “old japan,” woodblock prints of bustling marketplaces and images of the goods advertised with these intricate and beguiling objects providing a look into a unique handmade world kanban offers new insights into japan’s commercial and artistic roots the evolution of trade the links between commerce and entertainment and the emergence of mass consumer culture alan scott pate is an independent scholar who has curated exhibits and written for many journals on japanese handcrafts and antiques he is the author of ningyō the art of the japanese doll and japanese dolls the fascinating world of ningyō a glimpse into the markets crafts and signage of early modern japan “this engaging book adds significantly to our understanding of kanban in the context of their production and consumption examining them through multiple lenses pate’s richly textured account will satisfy scholars interested in japanese cultural history and folk art and also has much to offer historians of graphic design and advertising.” —christine guth author of hokusai’s great wave biography of a global icon published in association with mingei international museum san diego april 978-0-691-17647-5 cloth $39.95s 176 pages 155 color illus 9 1/2 x 11 1/4 art asian studies press.princeton.edu exhibition schedule mingei international museum san diego april 15–october 15 2017 academic trade 45