Iwata Sentaro (woodblock print).
Osaka, Japan. Osaka Mainichi. 12-25- 1936.
Color and black and white illustrations throughout, viii+160 pages, 15 x 10 1/4 inches, color pictorial wrappers. Covers: multiple soft creases, vertical crease and a few tears (up to 1 inch) to front cover, 1 3/4 inch split to tail of spine, 2 1/4 inch split to head of spine. Very good clean condition. The woodblock print and tissue guard are in fine condition. This annual magazine, published by the Osaka Mainichi newspaper, contains eight beautiful color plates highlighting traditional Japanese art. Of particular interest is the exquisite color original woodblock print by Sentaro Iwata of a "Young Maiden" looking at the garden of her house on New Year's Day (as described on the tissue guard). The table of contents lists articles under the following categories: "What Japan Seeks and Why", "Trend of Japan's Economic Problems", "Of Interest to Visitors to Japan", "In Days of 'Revitalization'", "Of Interest to Sports Fans", and "Told In Pictures". Stunning graphic advertisement for South Manchuria Railway Co. by Junto Ito on the back cover. An ad for Teikoku Jinzo-Kenshi Kaisha ("the Oldest and Largest Rayon Company in Japan") features a tipped-in sample of Rayon Fancy Crepe fabric. A fascinating picture of Japanese industry and society leading up to World War II. The paper boasts that it is "A Paper That Reflects With Fidelity National Mood, That Stands as a Cultural Link Between Japan And the Outside World" Item #56040