Kodomo no Kuni コドモノクニ [Land of Children] Vol. 4 #2 Shogatsu 初月 第四巻 二號 大正十四年 1925 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, Tsuda Shigeru, Honda Shôtarô, Takei Takeo, Kamiya Mankichi, and others. There are also two two-page sections with a total of 13 prizewinning works by very young contestants. There are no flimsy pages in this issue, including a section of children's songs... Remarkable work... Hard to believe this was a childrens' magazine, given the aesthetics and high-quality production. Edge and cover worn but good condition overall.
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. The special new year's issue for 1925.