Kodomo no Kuni コドモノクニ [Land of Children] Vol. 4 #10 September 九月 第四巻 十號 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 is one page of "semi" cicadas, the harbinger of autumn. Most of the illustrations are by Okamoto Kiichi in this issue. There are two color pages of childrens' drawing prizewinners. There is also a 4 page flimsy in the back addressed to mothers by him that details the names of all the kid's submissions. There is even a lovely illustrated poem by a ten-year-old girl..... The encouragement of creativity in the young and especially young girls is noteworthy. Remarkable work..... A bit of cover wear, 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.