1924. Item #90800
Kodomo no Kuni コドモノクニ [Land of Children] Vol. 3 #10 October 1 十月一日 第三巻 十八號 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... Color front wrapper art and double-page illustrations. There are illustrations by Okamoto Kiichi, Hisatomi Yasue, Nishimura Suikô、Honda Shôtarô, Takei Takeo, and others. Kiichi has a wonderful double-page illustration that echoes Utamaro's wonderful EHON MUSHI ERAMI of 1789. There is also a double-page illustration with 5 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.