Cutting-edge works of 1920s and 1930s Japanese design that still excite and inspire. The 1920s and 1930s were a time of tremendous change in the urban Japanese landscape. As a wave of westernization and cosmopolitan culture swept the cities, streets were inundated with bars, cafés, and boutiques. Signs and displays on streets and in store windows were key elements of these new cityscapes. The works of design in this book encompass more than 200 fascinating pieces—signs, street and window displays, examples of creative lettering—from this momentous age, known as Showa Modern after the era name in the Japanese calendar. The compilation highlights the imagination and diverse artistry of the pioneering designers who worked during this time.