1924. Item #90799
Kodomo no Kuni コドモノクニ [Land of Children] Vol. 3 #8 August 1 八月一日 第三巻 第八號 大正十三年 １９24 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, 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 are illustrations by Okamoto Kiichi, Hosokihara Seiki, Suzuki Iwao, Morita Tamako, Takei Takeo, and others. There is also a color illustration page with 2 prizewinning works by 6 and 8-year-old contestants. There are no flimsy pages laid in this issue...A bit edge and cover worn, but clean internally... Remarkable work... Hard to believe this was a childrens' 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.