Kodomo no Kuni コドモノクニ [Land of Children] Vol. 4 #7 June 六月 第四巻 七號 大正十四年 1925 26.1x 18.6 cm large-format children’s full color illustrated magazine on heavy deluxe paper. A total of 36 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. Included are two pages of identified fish... There are illustrations by Okamoto Kiichi, Miyata Kinoko, Shimizu Yoshio, Itô Takashi, Honda Shôtarô, Takei Takeo, and others. There are also two pages of color drawings by young contest winners. There are eight 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... A bit of cover chipping, else a very good copy. Very unusual as such.
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.