Tokyo. [Tokyo Toyodo]. No date. Ca. 1895.
10 double-page color lithographs, plus 8 (unpaginated) pages of text at the rear. Bound accordion style with paper-covered boards and color pictorial cover label. Boards are detached with paper loss at the corners, small area of light dampstaining at the lower left corner. Interior in very good condition. The publisher's label has been removed from the rear paste-down. The text relating to the last image in the book states that "when the war between Japan and China was at its height, playing at soldiers was all the rage with boys." This suggests a date of publication shortly after 1895, following the first Sino-Japanese War of 1894-1895 and preceding the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-1905. There were apparently different editions of this work, with different covers and variant images. The first image in this edition is of two children, one reading, one writing. The text states that "This picture takes us back to the days when education in Japan was, for the mass of the people, a matter of private effort, the present extensive system of government schools, subordinate to an Education Department, dating only from 1871." The other images are: girls playing battledore and shuttlecock; boys flying kites; the Doll's Festival; children playing kotoro kotoro in Ueno Park; boys on bamboo stilts; boys in a procession; children playing in a stream; boys wrestling (sumo). A series of quite lovely woodblock prints. Item #48378
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