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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: Namae Team (Yumeco and Kanatin) - Namae Vol. 1-3, 2008-2009Add to your cart.

Includes tote bag.

Subjects: Fashion, photography, pop culture, food, travel, poetry, art, economics, culture, history, feminism.

Folder 2: Nightingale - A to Z / Dia de Muertos, 2008-2011Add to your cart.
Subjects: Photography, art, culture, religion, travel, Central and South America.
Folder 3: Osumi, Sayoko (Booktique) - Mame-mame (Beans-beans)Add to your cart.
Subject: Abstract art, food.
Folder 4: Pap - Bad DreamAdd to your cart.
Subjects: Photography, nature.
Folder 5: Rubypaper Issue 00Add to your cart.
Subjects: Fashion, art, photography.
Folder 6: Saeki, Yuko and Udo, Ayako - Ou Nou (Anguish)Add to your cart.
Subjects: Art, nature, animals.
Folder 7: Sasaki, Tomoko - Lola, 2010Add to your cart.
Subjects: Photography, nature, flowers.
Folder 8: Sekine, Kanako - There was..., 2011Add to your cart.

Contains CD.

Subjects: Art, photography, birds, nature, nudity.

Folder 9: Shiokawa, Izumi - She, 2011Add to your cart.
Subjects: Art, portraits.
Folder 10: Sodeyama, Kahoko - One day / Bitch, 2010-2011Add to your cart.
Subjects: Feminism, nudity, art, fashion, gender.
Folder 11: Stomachache - Paper and Pen StoryAdd to your cart.
Subjects: Abstract art, photography.
Folder 12: Tabei, Mina - Panties / Plastic Girl, 2009-2011Add to your cart.
Subjects: Feminism, art.
Folder 13: Tachika, Miya - Zoo / Movies Issue!!!, 2011Add to your cart.
Subjects: Animals, cinema, pop culture, art.
Folder 14: Takahashi, Sae - Everest / Straight, Curve, 2011Add to your cart.
Subjects: Art, music, abstract art, landmarks.
Folder 15: Taki, Kanako - GirlAdd to your cart.
Subjects: Fashion, art, feminity.
Folder 16: Tao, Saori and San - Flor y Fiesta, ZaragozaAdd to your cart.
Subjects: Travel, culture, religion, photography, Spanish region.
Folder 17: Tiny Person - School No. 1 and 2, 2009-2010Add to your cart.
Subjects: Education, feminism, history, culture, literature, art, photography, anthropology, sociology.
Folder 18: Transparent 03 and 04, 2009-2010Add to your cart.
Subjects: Fashion, art, culture, music, photography, poetry, local dining, cosplay, pop culture.

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