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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: Kozue, Himi - Count Sheep / Cat's EyeAdd to your cart.
Subject: Art, animals.
Folder 2: Kuwajima, Kaoru - The Beautiful DazeAdd to your cart.
Subjects: Photograph, nature, urbanism.
Folder 3: Kvina - Mi Amas Tohoku (I love Tohoku)Add to your cart.

Includes: tote bag, stickers, and wooden trinket.

Subjects: Pop art.

Folder 4: Kvina - Watashitachi no hachigatsu (Our August)Add to your cart.
Subjects: Art, photography, travel, food, culture.
Folder 5: Ly - SkirtboyAdd to your cart.
Subjects: Abstract art, pop culture, photography, profanity, graffiti.
Folder 6: Maeda, Hisae - Kamigata (Hairstyle) / Kagamineko (Mirror cat) / Cocktail Song Book, 2009-2011Add to your cart.
Subjects: Abstract art, mixology, portraits, feminism/feminity, watercolor, animals.
Folder 7: Mariko - Jasmine Zine #7Add to your cart.
Subjects: Photography, fashion, feminism.
Folder 8: Metapome - Yumeminemook, vol. 01, ver.1.1; vol. 03, ver.1.1; vol. 04, ver. 1.0, 2011Add to your cart.
Subjects: Photography, cosplay,  fashion, sexuality.
Folder 9: Miyagi, Yukari - The Deer Star, 2005Add to your cart.
Subjects: Native Americans, culture, astronomy, nature, art, folklore.
Folder 10: Miyagi, Yukari - Town Dream Dream Town / Rabbit and Turtle / Akazukin (Red hood), 2007-2008Add to your cart.
Subjects: Fairytales, art, poetry, abstract art, photography, animals, nature.
Folder 11: Miyazaki, Yuriko - Here NowAdd to your cart.
Subjects: Art, fashion, sketches, abstract art.
Folder 12: Mürren - Mürren, vol. 9, 2011Add to your cart.
Subjects: Photography, abstract art, animals, nature, travel.
Folder 13: Nakako Girls - For Nakako GirlsAdd to your cart.
Subjects: Photography, abstract art, graphic design, feminism.
Folder 14: Nakamura, Ayao - Night I-III / Light, 2011Add to your cart.

Contains DVD.

Subjects: Photography, art.

Folder 15: Nakamura, Ayao - Water, 2010Add to your cart.
Subjects: Photography, nature, water.

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