250_monster_nishikie_2.jpgThe Japanese always seem to be so ahead of the their time, even in the mid-1870s. During this short window in history, “artistic woodblock prints known as “newspaper nishiki-e” were a popular form of mass entertainment in Japan.” The artistic engravings were like the precursors to blogs, feeding the “public’s enormous appetite for sensationalism by retelling shocking stories culled from the major newspapers of the day.” This unauthorized, creative news medium was quickly cracked down on by the government, but many survived the censorship. This particular collection of “newspaper nishikie” went further than other forms, with “accounts of monsters, ghosts and mysterious happenings” added to further sensationalize popular news items. Click over for more examples of the tabloid relics. |PinkTentacle|