Visions of space and the future in Japan in the 70s and 80s.
What you are seeing here is a selection of scans from my ever-growing collection of books and catalogs on Japanese illustration and design. I’m putting the series on hiatus to focus on a new one highlighting dream imagery from this time (of course, most of these could fall in that category too).
I’m not sure what garlic hovering over the sea has to do with space travel, but you should check out these illustrations from the Japanese space program (click the above image). Maybe it’s an illustration of how a space capsule was inspired by the geometry of a bulb of garlic? Very surreal.