Thursday, August 26, 2010

Christian Imagery on Tokyo Subway Posters

Having spent many years working in a Japanese corporation, I am used to seeing odd juxtapositions of western images with Asian messages, but this one took me by surprise.  Over at Faith and Family Live, Rebecca Teti has linked to a site featuring vintage Tokyo subway posters.  Two of these posters feature Christian religious symbolism.  The first is this poster of the Madonna and Child entitled "Mary is Tired."  The point is to encourage people to give up their seats to women with young children.

The other poster features Jesus at the Last Supper being overwhelmed by umbrellas.  The message is a play on Japanese words that fit the religious imagery and also invoke the concept of having too many of something.  The point of this poster is to remind people not to forget their umbrellas.

The Japanese appropriate many western secular and religious images without assigning too much sentiment or value to them other than their sense of being exotic.  Perhaps one day I will do a blog post about my experiences of Catholic worship in Japan.  For now, let's just say that missionaries from St. Francis Xavier onward have not been very successful in that country.  It's a bit of a puzzle since other Asian cultures such as Korean, Chinese, Vietnamese, etc. have accepted the Gospel message in much larger numbers.  Perhaps one day...

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