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Japanese Zine Collection, 2005-2011 | University of Miami Special Collections

By Yvette Yurubi

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Title: Japanese Zine Collection, 2005-2011Add to your cart.

ID: ASM0703

Extent: 2.5 Linear Feet

Languages: English, Japanese


A collection of contemporary zines created by Japanese women as part of an exhibit entitled "Feminine," which was curated by  Tokyo's Zine's Mate and presented at the 2011 New York Art Book Fair. This archive was once part of the personal collection of Matt Wobensmith, who created the zine Outpunk and is known for being an avid zine collector and zine show curator.

The zines in this collection represent a wide array of genres, often utilizing photography, art, writing, and ephemera to create unique art pieces that are produced in limited quantities and locally distributed. They primarily showcase the viewpoints of modern Asian and Asian-American underground artists with such noted topics as fashion, sexuality, gender, travel, social issues, education, and self-expression. Written in both Japanese and English, many of the zines exhibit a heavy array of western influence, referencing popular western folklore, cinema, and pop culture as well as adopting western-inspired punk and alternative fashion. There is a spirit of freedom and unrestrained creativity that pervades this selection, captured by many crude sketches, both black and white and colorful, think pieces, and abstract drawings, all which serve to produce an intriguing snapshot of the growing art and zine movement in Japan in the 21st century.

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Japan - History
Japanese language

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Access Restrictions: This collection is open for research.

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Preferred Citation: Japanese Zine Collection, Special Collections, University of Miami Libraries, Coral Gables, Florida.

Processing Information: Processed and translated by Yvette Yurubi, 2017.

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Folder 1: Akiyama, Hana and Shiokawa, Izumi - The Day, 2009Add to your cart.
Subjects: Art, fitness, body image, self-care.
Folder 2: Ancco - m-e-l-o-nn club / u-ya-mu-ya diary, 2011Add to your cart.
Subjects: Fashion, beauty, femininity, feminism, abstract art, animals, nature.
Folder 3: Anonymous - 02 Jul, 2011Add to your cart.
Subjects: Nature, photography.
Folder 4: Ban, Misato - She Came to My Place, 2011Add to your cart.
Subjects: Art, folklore, travel, culture.
Folder 5: Between the Books, 2008-2009Add to your cart.

Issue 01 - Kobayashi, Erika: US, 2008

Issue 03 - Homma, Takashi: a way of seeing, 2009

Issue 04 - Kasetsu : ATO, 2009

Subjects: Art, photography, feminism, travel, nature, calligraphy.

Folder 6: Cosplay Ash, Vol. 3-5, 2011Add to your cart.
Subjects: Cosplay, fashion, photography.
Folder 7: Ekko (Mizuta, Sayako) - Kaokatachi (Facial features)Add to your cart.
Subjects: Abstract art, body parts, prose.
Folder 8: Enomoto, Mariko - Nothing Serious / UntitledAdd to your cart.
Subjects: Art, portraits.
Folder 9: Fukunaga, Kana - Entenka (Below boiling point) / Hyoutenka (Below freezing point), 2011Add to your cart.
Subjects: Abstract art, photography, gender, childhood.
Folder 10: Hari - Kai wa ikanishite kawa ni naru ka (How does the sea become a river?)Add to your cart.
Subjects: Abstract art, feminism, prose, nature.
Folder 11: Hayashi, Mayo - 002 and 003Add to your cart.
Subjects: Abstract art, sketches.
Folder 12: Higashi, Chinatsu - Asobe no musume (Playful daughter)Add to your cart.
Subjects: Feminism, feminitiy, childhood, gender, photography, art, portraits.
Folder 13: Imano, Fumiko - I am Difficult to Make, 2011Add to your cart.
Subjects: Photography, feminism.
Folder 14: Imano, Fumiko - I hate photography! / Circa / Fumiko Imano, 2005-2009Add to your cart.
Subjects: Photography, feminism, poetry, prose, travel, nature, animals.

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