Cover illustration from May 19, 1997 issue of Newsweek shortly before China's resumption of sovereignty over Hong Kong on July 1, 1997.
Cover illustration from the book "China Can Say No--Political and Emotional Choices for the Post Cold War Era," by Song Qiang, Zhang Zangzang and Qiao Ban. The inscription across the top reads: "When China says no, it's not for the purpose of seeking conflict, but in order to speak on a more equal footing."
A close up on Inu Yasha and Ranma 1/2 manga at a bookstore.
Illustration ofa heroic industrial worker using a jackhammer to break into the underground den of the opponents of the first Five-Year Plan.
Title page from a book of illustrations from the Japan-China War of 1894-1895. Features two grinning men in britches and caps holding Japan's war flag aloft.
Colorized postcard, dated October 10, 1908, with English script at bottom of two children in traditional dress in San Francisco's Chinatown. Inscription reads: "10/10/08 Hey Billy, which is the boy and which is the girl? Guess and I will send it to you --Y.E. (?)" Printed red text along bottom reads: "No. 16, San Francisco, California. Chinese Aristocrats. Reduced to poverty by earthquake and fire. April 18, 1906."
Magazines specializing in manga and anime.
Manuals for computer programs on sale.
Image of a popular manga featuring a young male 'go' wizard.This series is seen as being responsible for a rise in interest in playing 'go' among young people.
This section of the magazine rack in a new super-store features offerings for female adolescents. Interestingly, a number of the titles are in English, including magazines titled, Wink Up, Kitty Goods, and Ego system. The color schemes employed in the magazine covers are interesting, also, as reflections of colors seen elsewhere in contemporary Japanese culture.
A menu full of tasty Japanese dishes.
Illustration showing American and English soldiers climbing the walls of Beijing.
Political cartoon commenting on Hawaii's admittance into the Union. The caption reads: "Please ma'am, may I come in?" and is delivered by a timid chubby child representing Hawaii. Behind the kindly woman, "Miss Columbia," a motley assortment of people is running wild, including a "Chinaman" with a queue being pummeled by another immigrant.
Harry Potter books on display for sale, Japanese style.
A few examples of the bright and overstimulating magazines available in Japan seen in a bookstore.
Article from the New York Times, June 20, 2005, about articles written in September, 1945, by American correspondent George Weller. In the articles Mr. Weller described what he witnessed in Nagasaki shortly after the end of the war. The articles were censored by Douglas McArthur's censorship office and have only recently, 2005, finally been published. Click above to read the text of the New York Times article.
Cover of Time Magazine from December 11, 1950, depicting Mao's head surrounded by a cloud of red grasshoppers.
An official in this illustration is depicted carrying an umbrella labelled "dogmatism," refusing to let the rain water the flowers and plants. A writer nearby asks him "Why won't you let the flowers and sprouts get some spring rain?" The official answers "That would never do! As soon as there is rain, poisonous weeds would grow up."
Illustration from Manhua showing Soviet engineers helping to tame the dragon of the Heilongjiang, or 'Black Dragon River,' in China's far northeast.
An example of an embarkation card, which everyone entering Japan must fill out.
It could be exasperating when dealing with a language burdened by thousands of kanji.
Illustration from the cover of TIME; photo of Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping in the middle of a three-panel folding screen, who is presiding over the transition from an agricultural socialist state to a new one marked by hamburgers, cameras, Nike shoes, high-rises and blue jeans.
This picture was taken in front of the Kodansha publishing offices at the end of the Taisho era. The paraders are about to set forth to advertise magazines.
An illustration showing the garment of the Statue of Liberty is snatched aside, revealing it as a place of refuge for Nazis, Japanese war criminals, the Klu Klux Klan, capitalists and gangsters.
Front cover illustration: Beacons fill the sky over Tiananmen Square, serving as arrows indicating "The Great Leap Forward" in the production of grain, steel, and machinery. Large bins of grain from a bumper harvest are seen to the left, while new factory chimneys rise on the right.