More Japanese tampons:
Anshin (1977) Tampons, box, directions. ORIGAMI applicator. (Tambrands gift, 1997) It's the same as Ortex Gold and Cameo tampons.
Shampon Young stick tampon (Japan, 1977)
Instructions for making JAPANESE WASHABLE MENSTRUAL PADS (early 20th century?), successors of the uma (pony or horse)
See ads for JAPANESE COMMERCIAL MENSTRUAL BELTS from the early 20th century with a discussion of how Japan influenced European art and vice versa.
Visit the ODOR page.
ALL TAMPONS on this site.
CONTRIBUTE to Humor, Words and expressions about menstruation and Would you stop menstruating if you could?
Some MUM site links:
MUM address & What does MUM mean? |
Email the museum |
Privacy on this site |
Who runs this museum?? |
Amazing women! |
Art of menstruation (and awesome ancient art of menstruation) |
Artists (non-menstrual) |
Asbestos |
Belts |
Bidets |
Birth control and religion |
Birth control drugs, old |
Birth control douche & sponges |
Founder bio |
Bly, Nellie |
MUM board |
Books: menstruation & menopause (& reviews) |
Cats |
Company booklets for girls (mostly) directory |
Contraception and religion |
Contraceptive drugs, old |
Contraceptive douche & sponges |
Costumes |
Menstrual cups |
Cup usage |
Dispensers |
Douches, pain, sprays |
Essay directory |
Examination, gynecological (pelvic) (short history) |
Extraction |
Facts-of-life booklets for girls |
Famous women in menstrual hygiene ads |
Feminine napkin, towel, pad directory |
Founder/director biography |
Gynecological topics by Dr. Soucasaux |
Humor |
Huts |
Links |
Masturbation |
Media coverage of MUM |
Menarche booklets for girls and parents |
Miscellaneous |
Museum future |
Norwegian menstruation exhibit |
Odor |
Olor |
Pad, towel, napkin directory |
Patent medicine |
Poetry directory |
Products, some current |
Puberty booklets for girls and parents|
Religion |
Religión y menstruación |
Your remedies for menstrual discomfort |
Menstrual products safety |
Sanitary napkin, towel, pad directory |
Seguridad de productos para la menstruación |
Science |
Shame |
Slapping, menstrual |
Sponges |
Synchrony |
Tampon directory |
Early tampons |
Teen ads directory |
Tour of the former museum (video) |
Towel, pad, sanitary napkin directory |
Underpants & panties directory |
Videos, films directory |
Words and expressions about menstruation |
Would you stop menstruating if you could? |
What did women do about menstruation in the past? |
Washable pads |
Read 10 years (1996-2006) of articles and Letters to Your MUM on this site.
Leer la versión en español de los siguientes temas: Anticoncepción y religión, Breve reseña - Olor - Religión y menstruación - Seguridad de productos para la menstruación.

The Museum of Menstruation and Women's Health

Cellopon menstrual tampon
(1968, Eisai, Japan)
Influence of Japanese art:
Hiroshige and Vincent van Gogh compared


All tampons, pads, belts, bidets, miscellaneous, puberty booklets, art, underpants, teen ads
MORE in column at left.
More Japanese tampons: Anshin (1977), Shampon Young (1977) & Elldy (with finger cots, 1990s). Japanese MENSTRUAL BELTS ads, how to make JAPANESE WASHABLE MENSTRUAL PADS (both early 20th century)
The former Tambrands, which made Tampax tampons, kindly donated the box and contents as part of a fabulous gift of hundreds of menstrual products.

Japan and Europe influenced each other's art starting around 1850, when Japanese wood block prints reached Europe after Japan opened more of its country to Westerners. Western artists swooned at the boldness and beauty of the pictures; they still do - me too. Impressionists gobbled up the shocking chopped-off objects that often lack modeling and 3-D perspective. Many artists copied the prints to absorb their lessons as did Vincent van Gogh, below.

See an example of East-West influence in menstrual products packaging.

Below: Color wood block print (1856-58) by the Japanese master Ando Hiroshige. (From Japonisme [New York, 1999] by Siegfried Wichmann)
Below: Vincent van Gogh, oil "copy" of the Hiroshige print at left, 1886-88.
(From Japonisme [New York, 1999] by Siegfried Wichmann)

NEXT: box - instructions (enlarged here & here, van Gogh comparison) - tampon package - tampon itself
ALL tampons on this site. More Japanese tampons: Anshin (1977), Shampon Young (1977). Japanese MENSTRUAL BELTS ads, how to make JAPANESE WASHABLE MENSTRUAL PADS (both early 20th century)

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