Occupied Japan



2015-06-26 10:42:34

Occupied Japan was a mark printed on pottery, porcelain, toys and other items made during the US occupation of Japan in the years following World War II, 1947-1952.

Today, these pieces are especially sought-after among collectors.


Popular items

A variety of pieces on today’s markets are marked ‘Occupied Japan’. Key examples include:

  • Teacups and saucers
  • Porcelain figures
  • Wall plates
  • Ashtrays
  • Bowls
  • Boxes


Indications of the popularity of Occupied Japan pieces among collectors include the formation of a dedicated collectors’ club in 1979.

Elsewhere Occupied Japan collectibles dominated Kovels’ Antiques and Collectibles Price Guide yearly chart of the most popular searches on its website in 2009 and 2010. Occupied Japan pieces disappeared from the chart in 2011.

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