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Modern Japanese product design in the spotlight
Modern Japanese product design in the spotlight

How to encapsulate a nation through 100 objects? "Japanese Design Today 100," a small but choice touring exhibition sponsored by the Japan Foundation and making its world debut tonight at Perloff Hall at UCLA, attempts to do just that. The free show begins with classic objects from the 1950s to the 1990s — including the white Toshiba rice cooker from 1955 and the stolid Nikon F camera from 1959 — as it documents the period in which Japan began to successfully produce household electronics and camera equipment. Then there are 89 more recent objects in nine categories, including furniture and housewares, apparel and accessories, stationery and healthcare. Western attitudes toward...

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