The Tokyo Olympics are on at the moment and are gripping. I’m either watching it on the TV or listening to the commentary on the radio as I work. This has inspired me to gather this collection of Japanese vintage posts on Pictureboxblue in one place.
A trip to Japan is definitely on my bucket list. Hopefully, when travel returns to normal over the next few years I will make it to Tokyo. I love Japanese art, culture and food and can’t wait to see the country too.
My love of all things vintage Japan is reflected by the number of Japanese themed posts curated on the site. There are many more Japanese collections I can’t wait to curate.
Don’t forget to pin this post and return. More and more Japanese themed vintage images will be featured.
Japanese art and culture have had a great influence on western artists and designers over the centuries. The early ukiyo-e woodblock prints of artists such as Utagawa Kuniyoshi influenced the 19th-century impressionist art movement.
Vintage Japanese art and design was also a very important element of the Art Nouveau movement. For example, the well-known artist and designer Maurice Pillard Verneuil was inspired by Japanese art and nature.
Exhibitions held in London and Paris in the 1860s displayed to the west for the first time Japanese arts and crafts. The Japanese aesthetic had an impact on the Arts and Crafts movement pioneered by William Morris. He much admired Japanese craftsmanship as a counter to the machine-made products of the industrial revolution.
The British designer Christopher Dresser was an advocate of Japanese design. He also worked as an art advisor for Londos, a company that imported Japanese goods.
The Japanese Vintage Collection
The following collection of posts are a mixture of photos, maps, illustrations and art. They all have one common theme in that they are from 18th, 19th and early 20th century Japan.
Just visit the collection that you are interested in. There you will be able to download and print the antique Japanese images.
They are all in the Public Domain. Just click on the title above the image you want. It will then open in a new window on your browser. The images can be saved to your device by right-clicking on them with your mouse.
There are a couple of vintage images of Japanese board games in the vintage board game illustrations collection and in the hot air balloon art prints. Octopuses are a popular theme in Japanese culture so there are a few Japanese woodblock prints in this octopus illustrations collection.
Don’t forget to check out the many other vintage art and design collections on Pictureboxblue.