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'Please Do Not Use Smartphones While Walking' A2 Poster


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As seen in the exhibition Japan: Myths to Manga, this tongue-in-cheek poster, illustrated in traditional ukiyo-e woodblock style, was used to advocate safety on public transport in Tokyo, 2017.


A sumptuously dressed courtesan, part of a bustling commuter crowd in modern-day Japan, risks walking onto the train tracks, enraptured by her mobile phone!


Please Do Not Use Smartphones While Walking

Yokoyama Yumiko (b.1984) and Kadowaki Takahiro (b.1969)

Offset print

Tokyo, 2017

Given by Seibu Railway Co., Ltd.


A2 (42 x 59.4cm; 16.5 x 23.3in)


Giclée printed on 300 gsm textured watercolour paper

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