My friend Sean Padman McMenamin sent me this link full of vintage Japanese beer and tobacco ads from the Meiji Period (1868-1912) and the Showa Period (1926-1989)!

They’re all amazing and intercultural, but it’s the two above that I can pin down as bridging specific cultures.

Tjap Kembang Bier (Sakura Beer export label)
Japan (1912-1916)

This one’s obviously based on Art Nouveau images like those of Czech artist Alphonse Mucha. It’s in Dutch because it’s designed for the Indonesian export market, according to this site.

Hofbräuhaus München/Sakura Beer
Japan (1928-1932)

You can only tell that this Lady Liberty represents a German beer brand from the tiny letters “HB” in the bottom-left corner.

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