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June 11, 2024

Gorgeous Japanese ‘Teen Look’ Magazine Covers Illustrated by Okamoto Satsuko From the 1960s

Teen Look is a weekly magazine produced for junior and senior high school girls and was sold for 80 Japanese yen per copy in the 1960s. Using primary colors and minimalistic patterns, Satsuko Okamoto illustrated the fresh, and youthful fashion trends among Japanese teenage girls in the magazine covers as Japan moves into the era of modernism.

Satsuko Okamoto was born in 1945 in Nagamura (now Ueda City), Nagano Prefecture. She made her debut as a picture book artist with the picture book Obake Dandelion, and has worked extensively as an illustrator for picture books and children’s books, as well as a stage costume designer.

One of her best-known works, the Grandma Kagi series, is a warm story about children who have lost the key to their house and the grandmother who stands by them. Since the first book in 1976 a total of 20 works have been created, and the soft, gentle colors and detailed depictions of tools and other objects have given children dreams and tenderness.

Display here are some gorgeous cover illustrated by Sachiko Okamoto for Teen Look magazine from the 1960s:


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