We Japanese
Books I, II & III
"Combined" Edition, 1950

de Garis, Frederic (H.S.K. Yamaguchi) (Book I)
Sakai Atsuharu (Books II & III):
We Japanese, Being Descriptions of Many of the Customs, Manners, Ceremonies, Festivals, Arts and Crafts of the Japanese Besides Numerous Other Subjects, 600 Pages, 889 Illustrations, "Combined" edition with three volumes/books bound into one, Miyanoshita, Hakoke, Japan, Fujiya Hotel, printed by Yamagata Press, Yokohama, undated but 1950, 8vo (5 7/8 x 8 1/4 in - 15 x 21.1 cm), decorated pliable cloth covers, title on pasted on paper strip on front cover, bound Japanese style with string ties and spine uncovered, folded pages, thin rice type paper, woodcut and halftone text illustrations (889 according to the title page), text in English, 16 unnumbered pages of preface and contents, 591 numbered pages. The title page is preceded by a page listing all printings of the three volumes. The first two volumes of this work went through nine printings between 1934 and 1950. The second volume went through six printings between 1937 and 1950. The third volume was first printed in 1949 and the second printing was 1950. This book is a combined edition of the 1950 printings. This appears to be the first consolidated ("Combined") book published. Sometimes found with an original slip case. The earlier editions of the Book I and II are found as single books. A three volume combined book has been reported as late as 1964. H.S.K. Yamaguchi was the managing director of the Fujiya Hotel in Hakone from ca 1907 until his death in 1944. He was the moving force in the compilation and publication of these books which were primarily intended for the enlightenment of the guests of the hotel.

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Title Page

List of Printings:

Book I Printings First Dec 1934 Second May 1935 Third Jun 1936 Fourth Dec 1937 Fifth Jul 1940 Sixth Dec 1946 Seventh Nov 1947 Eighth Dec 1949 Ninth Oct 1950 Book II Printings First Jun 1937 Second Jul 1940 Third Apr 1947 Fourth Nov 1947 Sixth Oct 1950 Book III Printings First Jun 1949 Second Oct 1950

Pagination:

Preface 8 unnumbered pages Contents 8 unnumbered pages Book I. Pages 1-184 Book II. Pages 185-376 Book III. Pages 377-576 Index Pages 577-591

General/Major Topics:

Book I. National (Flag Anthem Eras Volcanoes) Historical and Legendary Artistic, Aesthetic and Poetic Tastes of the Japanese Japanese Characteristics, Superstitions Customs Festivals Religious Drama, Dance, Shakespeare Sports & Games Flowers Names of the Years Fine Arts Porcelains, Products, Industries Sundry (Will Adams shrine, Ainu, Crests, Geisha, Goldfish, Hot Springs, the Japanese Bride Head-Hunters of Formosa, Oddities in Japan Japanese Proverbs, Int'l Mustache Club Book II National (Holidays, Longevity of Japanese, Mineral Spas Historical (Castles, Scared Rope, the Torii) Japanese Characteristics Arts and Inventions Customs and Practices Shrines and Temples Tradition and Legendry Images and Statues Drama, Dances and Games Natural History Book III Not broken down by topic Over 100 different one page discussions ranging from "Different names of Japan" to "Dog Stories"


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