Kaburagi Kiyokata (illus).
Osaka, Japan. Osaka Mainichi. 12-15- 1938.
Color and black and white illustrations throughout, vi+208 pages, 15 x 10 1/4 inches, color pictorial wrappers. Covers: multiple soft creases, vertical crease and several tears (up to 1 1/4 inch) to front cover, 1 1/2 inch split to tail of spine, 1/2 inch paper loss to head of spine. Interior: short tear (less than 1/2 inch) to lower right edge of first twenty or so pages, paper toned with age, slight wave to upper right corner of text block; very good condition overall. Color plates are clean and bright. This annual magazine, published by the Osaka Mainichi newspaper, contains beautiful color prints highlighting traditional Japanese art, including an original Japanese woodblock print of a drawing by Kiyokata Kaburagi "A Young Woman in Autumn" intended for use on a fan. The text on the tissue guard sheet notes "It is the portrait of an intelligent young woman who lives much in the present, but who has yet not lost any of the charm of Old Japan. The chrysanthemum, needless to say, is the national flower of Japan. Are her thoughts turned to the warriors of New Japan fighting valiantly somewhere at the front?" The table of contents lists an extended section on the "China Emergency" and on Manchukuo, as well as articles on international relations, finance and industry, culture, and sports. The tone is strongly nationalist; one feature titled "Why Japan Bombed Schools" explains that schools in China are being used as military headquarters, and claims that "Japan is doing everything possible not to have accusing fingers of pacifists and humanitarians pointed at her soldiers". The paper boasts that it is "the most influential English language daily in the Orient and one having the largest paid circulation east of Suez" Item #56039