Takahashi Hiroaki (woodblock print).
Osaka, Japan. Osaka Mainichi. 12-25- 1939.
One original Japanese color woodblock print with tissue guard, black and white illustrations throughout, plus an additional seven color plates, viii+168 pp, 15 x 10 inches, color pictorial wrappers. Light creasing and wear to covers with one inch tear to upper left edge of front cover and to upper right edge, short tears and little loss to spine and back cover. Interior in good condition. The woodblock print is in fine condition. The magazine features a colorful and intricately designed woodblock print by the artist Takahashi Hiroaki (1871-1945) depicting the Kanda Matsuri in Tokyo, "one of Japan's three great festivals...Clad in 'tekomai' costume, the two geisha in the forefront carry red lanterns bearing their names and jangle iron rods called 'kanabo'...clearing the way for the procession." Many interesting articles reflect the contemporary feeling in Japan (already at war with China) in the years leading up to World War II, including "Mode of Living in Present Day Nippon" by Kichijiro Inoue: "The attitude of China was an insolent one for a neighbor to assume. It also lacked understanding and sympathy as regards Japan's racial requirements...." The table of contents lists the following sections: Editorial, Of General Interest, Cultural Field, China Emergency, International Relations, Finance and Industry, Events of International Interest, Sports. Item #56037