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Today's Special Series Title: 31 Flavors Invading Japan, 1982

Today's Special Series Title: 31 Flavors Invading Japan

Today's Special Series Title: 31 Flavors Invading Japan, by Masami Teraoka (Japanese, born 1936), 1982. Woodblock print; colors and watercolor on Hosho paper. Acquisition made possible by Richard Beleson and Kim Lam Beleson, 2004.22.

The work shows a long-haired American woman dressed in a kimono and eating an ice cream cone; her long hair hangs down, her eyes stare, and her tongue twists around the ice cream.

The late 1960s and the early 1970s represent the turning point in Masami Teraoka’s development; at this time he hit upon the idea of combining elements of woodblock tradition with his knowledge of American popular culture to make satirical statements. The woodblock tradition proved well suited to his lighthearted satires, and it resulted in major series of paintings and silk screen prints in the 1970s and 1980s, entitled McDonald’ s Hamburgers Invading Japan and 31 Flavors Invading Japan.

Right side: A Scene from Today’ s Life
Lower right: Teraoka Family seal
Center: She is about to lick.
Lower left: Masami Teraoka