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S-17-5-1 : Commercial Telephone Directory for Kyoto

This directory, placed in the capsule in its original format, was selected both as a guide to the Japanese telephone system and as a source of information on the spread of occupations to be found in Japan in 1970. Kyoto was considered to be the most suitable city in this instance because of its unusually broad spread of commercial activity Being a large city (pop. 1,442,000) and an industrial centre, it contains most, if not all, of the service and supply industries of Tokyo and Osaka; being a tourist city, it has the most sophisticated accommodation and transportation facilities – except for a subway system – and, being a city of ancient traditions, it supports a host of small enterprises making all manner of traditional items including textiles, paper, crafts and works of art. Kyoto is also known for its entertainment, its tea houses, inns and geisha houses and all the traditional industries that support them.


S-17-7-1 : [Fujin Koron]

This is a monthly women's-interest magazine read mainly by women in the 20~30 age group. It began publication in January, 1916, and has a monthly circulation of 213,000 copics (1969).


S-17-7-2 : [Fujin Club]

A monthly magazine for women with the emphasis on articles of practical value. The magazine began publication in October, 1920, and has a monthly circulation (1969) of 705,000 copies.


S-17-7-3 : [Sunday Mainichi]

A weekly general-interest magazine which has been published by the Mainichi Newspapers since April, 1922. The content emphasises events of the previous week and articles of educational and practical value. The average weekly circulation in 1969 was 483,000 copies.


S-17-7-4 : [Heibon Punch]

This is a popular magazine with a large readership among young men around 20 years of age. It was first published in April, 1964, and the average weekly circulation is 491,000 copies (1969).


S-17-7-5 : [Josei Jishin]

A mass-circulation magazine for young women featuring articles about the world of entertainment and practical advice. The average weekly circulation in 1969 was 866,000 copies. The magazine was first published in December, 1958.


S-17-7-6 : [Shonen Magazine]

A weekly comic-strip magazine of the kind that is very popular among young Japanese people. Shonen features boxing and baseball cartoons for boys. The first edition was published in April, 1959.


S-17-7-7 : [Bungei Shunju]

This magazine was first published in January, 1923. The emphasis is placed on reviews and original literature and it appeals to an intellectual readership. Average monthly circulation in 1969 was 573,000 copies.


S-17-8-3 : [Haha to Ko no Origami no Hon]

This book is an aid for mothers in teaching folded paper craft (origami) to their children. The tradition of paper-folding is not confined to Japan, but in Japan it has reached the greatest heights of skill as well as popularity. Every Japanese child learns at home or at school at least a few of the traditional shapes, such as the crane, helmet and purse. Among the older generation, there are devotees who show great skill, making highly complex animals, birds, flowers and insects from folded paper. Origami in Japan goes beyond craft into the areas of religion and social etiquette; folded papers are used in the preparation of felicitous symbols – noshi (see above : S-13-1-1/6) being a typical example.


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The contents of this site are excerpted from THE OFFICIAL RECORD OF TIME CAPSULE EXPO'70(March 1975). Please note that company and organization names may differ from those of the current ones.

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