1927. Item #87934
[AVANT GARDE] UMEHARA Hokumei, editor. BUNGEI ICHIBA [BUNGEI SHIJÔ] Vol.3 #6. Wrappers, 21.7 x 15 cm. Tokyo, Showa2  First published in November of 1925, the BUNGEI ICHIBA [MARKET OF THE ARTS] unleashed its mordant humor on the literary world of Japan. The contents ran the gamut from literary gossip to the latest on Russian and European art and literary movements and theorists. At first solidly left wing, with contributions by such important figures as Murayama Tomoyoshi, the magazine lasted for 19 issues, into 1927, when Umehara took his interests into less political and more scandalous avenues and began publishing GROTESQUE magazine, the heart of the ero-guro movement. This Volume 3 #6 is nearing the end of the magazine's run and its content seems less daring than earlier issues, the pendulum seems to have swung to tradition. It might be considered that Umehara's fundamental impulse was anti-censorship, not necessarily anti-authoritarian. By the invasion of Manchuria in the early 1930's his sympathies had gone over to the army and his erotic journals were full of pompous justifications of war written by active figures in the military high command. This copy of the BUNGEI SHIJÔ is a bit edgeworn and slightly soiled, but quite good overall. Umehara, and his productions BUNGEI ICHIBA and GROTESQUE are important and interesting material for an understanding of the evolution going on from late Taisho into Showa.