W. David Marx is the author of two books: Ametora: How Japan Saved American Style, and Status and Culture: How Our Desire for Social Rank Creates Taste, Identity, Art, Fashion, and Constant Change. He lives in Tokyo, Japan.


Japan’s Dwindling “Signboard” Buildings
Kanban kenchiku (signboard architecture) marks an important record of shifting early-20th-century Japanese tastes.