1932. Item #88899
[CHILDREN'S MAGAZINE - JAPANESE]. KODOMO NO KUNI V. 11, #4. Tokyo, April 1932. 25.9 x 18.7 cm there are 32 heavy paper pages with color illustrations, including the front and back covers. There are no flimsy page inserts in this issue. Takei Takeo was a seminal figure in THE LAND OF CHILDREN and his wide contacts throughout the artistic and literary world insured that the magazine was the finest of its kind. Its artwork is justly famous and utterly charming. Any issues of the magazine have become very hard to find, particularly ones in as good condition as this one. There are illustrations by Fukazawa Sho^zo^, Koga Harue, Suzuki Shintaro^, Matsuyama Fumio, Takei himself, and many others. This copy is further distinguished by having a image done by the important avant-garde figure Murayama Tomoyoshi (he was jailed the that very month for two years for being a member of the Japanese Communist Party). The only hint of violence or war in the magazine, interestingly enough, is a drawing by a child contestant illustrating Japanese troops overwhelming Korean protestors in Korea.