Arts and Culture
José Juan Tablada (1871-1945), was a very famous Mexican poet and chronicler, who is acknowledged, among many other things, with the writing of the first original haiku in Spanish language. His fascination with Japan came since a very young age, and that attraction compelled him to travel to Japan for three months during the year of 1900. Reinforced by this experience, the subjects and objects related with Japan invaded his life, work, and house. This paper is part of an ongoing project for studying and exhibiting part of Tablada’s collections of Japanese prints, archival material and library, for the first time.
The study also comprises his efforts in favor of extending the knowledge on Japanese art, and Japan in general, within Mexican society, as well as its impact in the cultural milieu of Mexico’s early twentieth-century.