Junichi Nakahara (1913 – 1983) was a multi designer, illustrator and “fashion leader” of Japanese girls – his works are popular from soon after WWⅡ until now.
Almost of the Japanese girls in the 1940s-50s couldn’t afford cute or lovely things… Because of they were in the defeated country. But you know, all the girls have their right to dream beautiful life.
He established fabulous magazine for them, named “Soleil それいゆ” (means “Sun”) and “Junior Soleil”. These were full of lovely illustrations, poems and good readings, etc.
Our mom and grandma grew up with Soleil. It always cheered them up, even if they didn’t have enough money or clothes, they could know how to act as little ladies from these.
The shop Soleil is full of his beautiful work. You can get his artworks, goods and a lot of books in there.
I already have some his books and re-published Soleil, so this time I got plastic folders. These artworks were named “beautiful flowers” and “a girl in the attic”.