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Hamlet and the Bicycle

Ian Buruma, 31 March 1988

The World of the Meiji Print: Impressions of a New Civilisation 
by Julia Meech-Pekarik.
Weatherhill, 259 pp., £27.50, October 1987, 0 8348 0209 0
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... the rare and fascinating photographs, are well-chosen and beautifully reproduced. And the text by Julia Meech-Pekarik is witty and informative. The pictures were selected for their historical interest, but also their aesthetic value. An awful lot of gaudy rubbish was produced during Meiji for a massive audience whose taste was lively rather than ...

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