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I ♥ Tale of Genji
I ♥ Tale of Genji

I ♥ Tale of Genji

2012, Aug

– t-shirt, design, foreigner, Japan, Genji

I thought of this T-shirt design when I was thinking of how I could poke fun at the image of the stereotypical Japanophile. The design says "I love Tale of Genji" (I ♥ 源氏物語) which references a classic work of Japanese literature written in the 11th century, sometimes called the world's first novel. By contrasting the popular design of Milton Glaser with a thousand-year old book, I thought it would be a funny take on current fandom of Japanese popular culture.