Illustration showing American and English soldiers climbing the walls of Beijing.
A close up on Inu Yasha and Ranma 1/2 manga at a bookstore.
Harry Potter books on display for sale, Japanese style.
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.
An illustration of the Soviet Pavilion in Beijing. Smiling spectators point at the doves circling the pinnacle of the tower in the center.
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 illustration from May 19, 1997 issue of Newsweek shortly before China's resumption of sovereignty over Hong Kong on July 1, 1997.
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.
Ram cards usher in the new year.
A few examples of the bright and overstimulating magazines available in Japan seen in a bookstore.
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.
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 display of childrens books at a bookstore in a Tokyo department store.
An example of an embarkation card, which everyone entering Japan must fill out.
Engraving depicting the first train starting from Shanghai, marking the opening of the first railroad train in China.
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.
Magazines specializing in manga and anime.
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."
A shelf full of kanji dictionaries in a Tokyo department store.
It could be exasperating when dealing with a language burdened by thousands of kanji.
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.
Illustration ofa heroic industrial worker using a jackhammer to break into the underground den of the opponents of the first Five-Year Plan.
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.
Illustration from Manhua showing Soviet engineers helping to tame the dragon of the Heilongjiang, or 'Black Dragon River,' in China's far northeast.