1930. Item #85885
[PREWAR ARCHITECTURE] Obayashi Gumi. TOKYO GEKIJO. Osaka, Showa 5 . Large 8vo., wrappers, illustrated with photos throughout, along with many plans. A visual and textual discussion of Shochiku's TOKYO THEATRE, a large Western-style building designed for the performance of Kabuki, one of several Kabuki theatres in Tokyo which provided venues for Shochiku's near monopoly of traditional theatre at the time. Interestingly enough, the TOKYO THEATRE was the only one of Shochiku's venues to survive the war and became the center of Kabuki production during the Occupation. The Obayashi Gumi which built the theatre and published this guide, survives today as one of the major contractors in Japan. Very good condition throughout with slight soiling to the covers.