- 社団法人 日本印刷学会
- 日本印刷学会誌 (ISSN:09143319)
- vol.45, no.4, pp.242-247, 2008 (Released:2010-12-15)
This year marks the 136th anniversary of Japanese railways. In 1872, Japan's first railway was constructed with the support of the United Kingdom, and adopted the British style not only for railcars and train service systems, but also for tickets and even business systems. "Koken" (hard type ticket), a train ticket made of thick paper, is rare sight these days, while "Nanken" (soft type ticket), a ticket purchased from automatic ticket machines or various card-type tickets have become the mainstream. The Tenri University Sankokan Museum houses one of the greatest transportation-related collections in Japan, mainly train tickets collected mainly train tickets by the late Fujio Yamamoto. In this article, I would like to introduce tickets style and changes in printing techniques through these collections and the ticket printing machines we have got recently.