1927. Item #89319
[AVANT GARDE] UMEHARA Hokumei, et al. BUNGEI SHIJO Vol.3 #6. Wrappers, 21.7 x 15 cm. Tokyo, Shôwa 2  First published in November of 1925, this issue of June 1927 unleashed its mordant humor on the literary world of Japan. The cover is a study all on its own, with the cockamamie orthography and inside jokes of the avant garde. The contents in this case celebrate the 250 year anniversary of Yaoya Oshichi, a girl of 16 burned at the stake in the 17th century whose tragic story was picked up by Saikaku at the time and became an important jôruri and kabuki theme thereafter. Besides that emphasis the notes run the gamut from literary gossip to the latest on Russian and European art and literary movements and theorists. At first solidly left wing and immersed in the avant- garde, the magazine lasted for 19 issues, into later in 1927, when Umehara took his interests into even more scandalous avenues and began publishing GROTESQUE magazine, the heart of the ero-guro movement. This copy of the BUNGEI SHIJO is very good overall.