Kodomo no Kuni コドモノクニ [Land of Children] Vol. 4 #12 November 十一月 第四巻 十二號 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... Illustrations are by Okamoto Kiichi, Honda Shôtarô, and Takei Takeo among others. There are lovely illustrated poetry pages where the text is by a young child and the illustrations by known artists. There are two color pages of childrens' drawing prizewinners. The encouragement in practical terms of childrens' creativity is remarkable...... A bit of cover wear and internal foxing, else a 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.