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These exhibits are available for viewing during normal library hours.

2015 Bridge Exhibits

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In Style: Celebrating 50 Years of the UHM Costume Collection

September - December, 2015

(From the University of Hawaii News website)

The University of Hawaii at Manoa Department of Family and Consumer Sciences is offering an exclusive glimpse into a diverse and unique wardrobe. A Qing dynasty dragon robe, a Japanese Uchikake, and several casual aloha-style wear are making a fashionable comeback as part of the "In Style: Celebrating 50 Years of UHM Costume Collection" exhibit.

The exhibit represents a small portion of the UH Manoa Costume Collection, which now holds over 10,000 articles representing Hawaiian, Western, and a variety of Asian styles.

The collection was first established in the 1960s when Professor Oma Umbel, then a UH Manoa professor of fashion and textiles, returned from a sabbatical leave in Asia with 125 cartons filled with fabric, costumes, jewelry and accessories. Curators continue to add to the collection as new articles are donated by faculty, students and alumni from across the globe.

Also in the exhibit is a collection of fine dolls, each a tiny representation of a unique fashion and culture.

Costume Collection


Japanese Peace Posters and the 70th Anniversary of the End of World War II

May 18 - August 31, 2015
Extended and moved to the Library's main lobby.

On August 15, 1945 (Japan time), Japan accepted the terms of the Potsdam Declaration and surrendered to the allies, effectively ending World War II. This followed the United States' detonation of an atomic bomb over the city of Hiroshima on August 6, 1945, and the detonation of a second atomic bomb over the city of Nagasaki on August 9. Over one hundred thousand people were killed and the two cities were devastated.

In 1983, the Japan Graphic Designers Association (JAGDA) and the Hiroshima International Cultural Foundation announced their collaboration in launching the "Hiroshima Appeals" poster campaign, with the goal of remembering this devastation, and promoting peace at home and abroad. The first poster, entitled "Burning Butterflies" (shown above), was created by Yusaku Kamekura, then president of JAGDA. The project, conducted annually from 1983 to 1991, was reinstated in 2005 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the end of World War II, producing one poster per year.

Shown here are some of these "Hiroshima Appeals" posters, along with other posters by Japanese artists that address nuclear war and the promotion of peace. The posters are taken from the permanent collections of the University of Hawaii at Manoa Library.

Hiroshima Appeals

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