1923. Item #90785
Kodomo no Kuni コドモノクニ [Land of Children] Vol. 2 #５ May 五月 第二巻 第五號 大正十二 1923 26.1x 18.6 cm large-format children’s full color illustrated magazine on heavy paper. 32 pages including outside and inside front and rear wrappers, There is a page of submitted childrens' art, as well. ８ pages of flimsy contain a note to mothers、etc...... Japanese text with hiragana, katakana, and furigana and illustrated stories, songs, and poems for children, many double-page... Colophon on the inside back cover.Color front wrapper art and double-page illustrations. There is an amazing double-page illustration by Tôyama Yôko and many illustrations by Takehisa Yumeji, Takei Takeo, Okamoto Kiichi, and many others. And Takagi Shigeko won the child's drawing prize and had her work printed in color. The flimsy pages are a bit worn and torn, but the magazine itself is in good, slightly faded condition. condition. Remarkable work... Hard to believe this was a children's magazine, given the aesthetics and high-quality production...
Kodomo no Kuni コドモノクニ [The Land of Children] was the finest children's magazine of the prewar period in Japan. Amazingly long-lived, it was published from 1922 to 1944. There were contributions in each heavily illustrated issue by some of the finest illustrators, painters, and writers of the time. A wonderful artifact at the intersection of high art and popular illustration. In good condition throughout. A lovely work.