September 26, 2013
From 1947 until 1952, Japan was occupied by American forces, after their defeat in World War II. Japanese manufacturers continued to produce their wares during this period, and began one of the collecting world's most beloved trends.
Vintage collectibles always pose a problem for researchers and appraisers, as it is not always easy to date them. However, Occupied Japan collectibles, those items that say either Occupied Japan or Made in Occupied Japan are from such a short period , they are easily dated. There are not many collectibles whose date of origin can be narrowed down to a five year period.
Recently, an Occupied Japan exhibit was set up in Tokyo by Shoko Tanaka of the Occupied Japan Club. The contents of the exhibit surprised visitors who hadn't realized that so many different things were made in Japan during the postwar years. Newsweek Japan published an article about the exhibit titled "What is 'Occupied Japan'?"
Occupied Japan collectibles are, by and large, very inexpensive, and make a great starter item for new collectors. They are widely available at flea markets, antiques shows, antiques shops and garage sales. Buy only those in perfect condition.