Kodomo no Kuni コドモノクニ [Land of Children] Vol. 5 #4 April 四月 第五巻 第四號 1926 26.1x 18.6 cm large-format children’s full color illustrated magazine on heavy paper. 34 pages including outside and inside front and rear wrappers, No flimsy pages in this copy (missing?). Japanese text with hiragana, katakana, and furigana and illustrated stories, songs, and poems for children, many double-page... No colophon... Color front wrapper art and double-page illustrations. There are many illustrations by Itô Takashi, Sakai Yasuko, Honda Shôtarô, Shimizu Yoshio, Suzuki Takeshi, Takei Takeo, Okamoto Kiichi, and many others. With childrens' own poems and drawings included. Binding weak, covers soiled, but internally lovely. Remarkable work...
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. Priced to reflect the external wear and missing flimsy pages.