Tag Archives: Japan

IDEA 170 – Japanese magazine of international graphic art (pt1)

Idea 170. 1982. Cover. Stephan Kantscheff.

IDEA is a Japanese / English language magazine that focuses on graphic design and typography. Published quarterly in Tokyo, Japan, its first issue was in 1953. The following scans are from issue 170 published for 1982 and feature artworks by the designers Stephan Kantscheff, Jim Heimann, Jacques Poirier, Jacques Richez and Yōji Yamamoto. 


Stephan Kantscheff (Bulgaria)

Stephan Kantscheff book cover for the Bulgarian folk-tales.

Stephan Kantscheff. Magazine cover for ‘Neue Werburg’.

Stephan Kantscheff. Greeting cards designs.

Stephan Kantscheff design for Bulgarian TV and Radio Broadcasting Committee.

Stephan Kantscheff design for programmes in colour for Bulgarian Television.

Stephan Kantscheff design for programmes in colour for Bulgarian Television.

Stephan Kantscheff designs for postage stamps.

Stephan Kantscheff design for a postage stamp.

Stephan Kantscheff design for a postage stamp.


Jim Heimann (US)

Jim Heimann postcard design for retail store Heaven.

Jim Heimann illustrated cards.

Jim Heimann.

Jim Heimann magazine illustration for an article “Women’s Movement”.


Jacques Poirier (France)

Jacques Poirier. L to R – illustration for an article “Intermission” for Pilote magazine. Portrait of Louis Armstrong for Phosphore magazine. Illustration for an article “Toreador”. Cover illustration for Vie Publique Journal.

Jacques Poirier. L to R – cover for Nourriture Dietetique Magazine. Illustration for an article “Excentric Millionaire”. “Personal research produced to please the author’s daughter”.


Jacques Richez (France)

Jacques Richez. Colour trap. Drawing, photo, relief colour.

Jacques Richez. Colour trap. ID.


Yōji Yamamoto (Japan)

Yoji Yamamoto original work for Typographical Image Exhibition, the character “River”.

Yoji Yamamoto designs.


Thanks for looking. More images from Idea 170 coming soon.

Image sources: Idea 170, 1982. Copyright Idea. Scanned by The Vintage Toy Advertiser for information and research purposes.

Tomica die cast vehicles from Japan

“Tomica. Little vehicles carrying big dreams.”

Welcome to another new entry at The Vintage Toy Advertiser as we present scans for a 1982 Tomica & Dandy catalogue from Japan, and a Tomica British language Japanese flyer.

Tomica is a line of die cast toy vehicles produced by the Japanese company Tomy since 1970. In 1972 the Tomica & Dandy line was launched. 1976 saw the 100 millionth Tomica product release. Less than a decade later in 1984 Tomica celebrated its 300 millionth product release. The 90s saw the introduction of a battery-operated line (B/O Tomica) and a radio controlled line (R/C Tomica). In 2005 Tomica celebrated its 35th anniversary with the opening of the ‘Tomica Shop’, the first direct retail outlet which opened in the Tokyo Station Complex. In 2010 the line recorded its 40th anniversary. Tomica is still sold to date. Info taken from the Takara Tomy website

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Tomy Tomica die cast Japanese English language flyer. Front.


Tomy Tomica die cast Japanese English language flyer. Reverse.

Tomica & Dandy product catalogue 1982. Japan.

Tomy & Dandy product catalogue 1982. Japan. Front and reverse covers.













Thanks for looking 🙂

Streets of Rage Perfect Soundtrack by Yuzo Koshiro

Streets of Rage Perfect Soundtrack by Yuzo Koshiro. Licensed by Sega. Wayo Records. 2017.

Streets of Rage is a classic ‘beat ’em up’ video game developed and published by Sega in 1991. The acclaimed soundtrack for the game was composed by Yuzo Koshiro who was hugely influenced by electronic dance music, in particular techno and house music of the early 90s which had yet to make its breakthrough in his native Japan. Koshiro hoped that the soundtrack would have appeal to the Western gaming market.

Streets of Rage Perfect Soundtrack by Yuzo Koshiro is a CD soundtrack reprint that came with the November 2017 French Wootbox subscription. The CD contains all of the game’s compositions as well as unreleased tracks by Koshiro that never made it into the finished game. The CD comes with delicious artwork across a more than impressive six page gate fold sleeve. As for the songs… I’ve had this thing on repeat all afternoon and still can’t get enough. If sharp, punchy, catchy, groovy 90s electronica for action games is your bag then this is the soundtrack for you. 


Words from Yuzo …


The November 2017 Wootbox container ‘Fighting’ theme.


And finally, my 1991 Streets of Rage advert … 

Groo. 1991. US. Sega Streets of Rage.

Knights of the Zodiac – a milestone ad

TVTA is pleased to publish its 2000th vintage advert – Knights of the Zodiac, or as the title of this 1990 Italian advert translates I Cavalieri Dello Zodiaco. Knights of the Zodiac was a Japanese manga series entitled Saint Seiya, written and illustrated by Masami Kurumada and serialised between 1985 and 1990. It was also adapted into an anime TV series and feature films. Other merchandise included video games, CDs, and a Bandai-produced toy line.

I Cavalieri Dello Zodiaco. 1990. Italy.

 

Here is the English version opening theme for the anime series. ‘I ran’ performed by Bowling For Soup. EDIT 14/04/18 Big thanks to Best Stuffed Animals for correcting me that ‘I Ran’ is not the original theme to Saint Seiya. It is ‘Pegasus Fantasy’ which according to Wikipedia is by Japanese metal band Make-Up. I’ve included this version in the post after the Bowling For Soup fan video.

Japanese Chirashi latest

TVTA is happy to add some more Japanese chirashi to the collection.

Pan’s Labyrinth. Guillermo Del Toro. 2006.

Pans Labyrinth chirashi. Example a. Front.

Pans Labyrinth chirashi. Example b. Front.

The Phantom Menace. George Lucas. 1999. 3D Re-release 2012.

The Phantom Menace chirashi. Front.

District 9. Neill Blomkamp. 2009.

District 9 chirashi. Front.

The Wind Rises. Hayao Miyazaki. 2013.

The Wind Rises chirashi. Front.

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya. Isao Takahata. 2013

The Tale of the Princess Kaguya chirashi. Front.

The Wind Rises and The Tale of the Princess Kaguya 2013 double feature chirashi.

The Wind Rises and The Tale of the Princess Kaguya double feature chirashi.

La Belle et la Bête / Beauty and the Beast. Christophe Gans. 2014.

La Belle et la Bête / Beauty and the Beast chirash. Front and back.

La Vie d’Adèle / Blue is the Warmest Colour. Abdellatif Kechiche. 2013.

La Vie d’Adèle / Blue is the Warmest Colour chirashi. Front and back.

Kill Bill: Volume 2. Quentin Tarantino. 2004.

Kill Bill Vol 2

The Green Hornet. TV series (1966/67). DVD and VHS chirashi.

Green Hornet TV series DVD and VHS chirashi. Front and back.

Ascenseur pour L’échafaud / Elevator to the Gallows. Louis Malle. 1958.

Ascenseur pour L’echafaud chirashi. Front and back.

Killing Zoe. Roger Avary. 1994.

Killing Zoe chirashi. Front.

The X-Files: I Want to Believe. Chris Carter. 2008.

The X-Files: I Want to Believe chirashi. Front.

Cat gifts from Japan #2 – Starlog Jan 1981

Wooof just told me to post up the rest of the goodies from the 1981 Starlog magazine he brought back from Japan – the one with the exceedingly cool free cassette labels that we featured here. So let’s begin with a scan of the front cover followed by some selected pages…

Starlog Japan, January 1981. Also known as Starlog & Future Life. Front cover.

Starlog Japan, January 1981. Contents page.

The theme of this issue was welcoming in the New Year 1981 while saying goodbye to the previous year 1980. This is reflected throughout many of the pages, along with one of Japan’s biggest loves… robots!

Hello Artoo 🙂 Why on the black list? Been upsetting those mean Sith again? Great work droid, keep it up!

 

It’s the same robot that appears on the contents page. I wonder if this is Starlog Japan’s mascot?

I don’t know who or what this cool-looking robot is. There is a Disney copyright printed at the top of the page, so time to head off to the research room! *** EDIT 12/12/17 *** Big thanks to For Tyeth for identifying the robot as Maximilian from The Black Hole.

Advert for Heavy Metal magazine.

The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu

Flash Gordon.

Michael Sullivan. One Point.

Sci-fi and fantasy Books.

Star Wars. Not sure what this is exactly. Some kind of advert for stickers or transfers? The drawings are similar to some Star Wars bootleg collectables I’ve seen like horse racing games. They may be playing cards as they have the suit symbols on them. Help me Japanese readers… you’re my only hope

Thanks for looking   🙂


 

Cat gifts from Japan – 1981 Starlog sci-fi gals cassette labels!

Wooof just got back from his annual cat holiday in Japan. I asked him to bring me back something vintage and musical. As always, the cat never disappoints! Thanks Wooof, I absolutely love my 1980s sci-fi gals cassette labels! 






The images are printed on cardboard and were given away with Starlog Japan, January 1981. Each image could be cut out and inserted inside a real cassette case to document your sci-fi inspired mix tape! I’m so tempted to make one, as I still have a box of blank cassettes and a cassette recorder … hmm … 



Thank you for rewinding with HB pencils with us 🙂


 

Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings Trilogy in Chirashi

The Lord of the Rings trilogy trilogy is considered one of the most ambitious film projects ever undertaken, with a budget somewhere in the region of $281 million and a filming schedule of eight years. The trilogy received overwhelming praise and won 17 out of 30 Academy Award nominations. TVTA is pleased to present Chirashi poster versions of all three films as advertised and made available in Japan at the time.

The Fellowship of the Ring

The Two Towers

The Return of the King

The Motion Picture Trilogy

Thankyou for simply walking into Mordor with us 🙂