Illustrations of Japanese Life

Reproduced by K. by K. Ogawa
Descriptions by S. Takashima

Hand-colored Collotypes (12) on Crepe Paper
3rd & 5th Editions, 1906
[Focus on Women, Children, Music & Religion]

 
3rd Edition


5th and Subsequent Editions

Ogawa, K.
Takashima, S (descriptions):
Illustrations of Japanese Life, Tokyo, K. Ogawa, descriptions by S. Takashima, numerous editions (1~12 - 1896~1918), 8vo, 12 hand-colored collotypes on crepe paper, bound Japanese style and tied with purple twisted silk threads, 9 folded leaves with stiffener paper in between (18 pages in total). This is one in a series of photographic album type books under this same title published by K. Ogawa.

The front and back covers account for 2 folded leaves. The first internal page has the Title Page (front) and Preface (back). The other 6 have a photograph - front and back. The focus of this book is women. The photographs include, 1) The "Suw Ari-Odori", 2) Backyard of a Tea House, 3) Venturing Out in the Rain, 4) "Sayonara" (Goodbye), 5) Letter Writing, 6) Morning Toilet, 7) Buddhist Priests Conspicuous, 8) Two Ladies in Full Dress, 9) The Cherry, 10) The Amma or A Blind Street Musician, 11) The Kamishiro or The Dai-Kagura & 12) Japanese Maiden or Japanese Babies. The book is in a vertical format and measures 10 x 7 1/2 in - 25.4 x 19 cm. While the picture areas vary slightly, the norm is 7 x 5 1/2 in - 17.8 x 13.4 cm.

In the preface, K. Ogawa states:

I have to acknowledge my indebtedness to Messrs. Tamamura and S. Kajima, as well as Prof. Burton, for several of the plates in this volume.

Many editions of these books were published and can be identified by the Japanese colophons inside the back cover. Examples of colophons are given below. For more information on this click here.

The first edition of this book does not contain an identical set of images. For information on the first edition (1896) of this book, click here.

For information on Kazumasa Ogawa, click here.

 


Illustrations of Japanese Life, 1910, 5th Edition, K. Ogawa
 
The "Suw Ari-Odori" Backyard of a Tea House
Venturing Out in the Rain "Sayonara" Goodbye
Letter Writing Morning Toilet
Buddhist Priests Conspicuous Two Ladies in Full Dress

 
Plates in 3rd Edition

The Cherry The "Amma" (Shampooer)
The "Kamishimo" (The Ancient Ceremonial Dress) Japanese Maiden

 
Plates in 5th Edition - Last 3 are Different

The Cherry A Blind Street Musician
The Dai-Kagura Japanese Babies

Dating this Book
Colophons, Japanese Text, Inside Back Cover

Colophon, 3rd Edition, 1906

The 4 rows of Japanese writing at the right give dates and editions. Starting at the right and reading left they indicate:

Meiji 29 (1896) - 1st edition printed
Meiji 29 (1896) - 1st edition distributed
Meiji 36 (1903) - 2nd edition
Meiji 39 (1906) - 3rd edition

 

Colophon, 5th Edition, 1910

The 6 rows of Japanese writing at the right give dates and editions. Starting at the right and reading left they indicate:

Meiji 29 (1896) - 1st edition printed
Meiji 29 (1896) - 1st edition distributed
Meiji 36 (1903) - 2nd edition
Meiji 39 (1906) - 3rd edition
Meiji 41 (1908) - 4th edition
Meiji 43 (1910) - 5th edition

 

Colophon, 12th Edition, 1918

The 9 rows of Japanese writing at the right give dates and editions. Starting at the right and reading left they indicate:

Meiji 29 (1896) - 1st edition printed
Meiji 29 (1896) - 1st edition distributed
Meiji 36 (1903) - 2nd edition
Meiji 39 (1906) - 3rd edition
Meiji 41 (1908) - 4th edition
Meiji 43 (1910) - 5th edition
Meiji 44 (1911) - 6th edition
Taisho 6 (1917) - 11th edition
Taisho 7 (1918) - 12th edition

There is no accounting for the 7th ~ 10th editions. I presume this is the 12th edition (1918) because it is the last edition listed.
Close-up, Hand-colored Collotype on Crepe Paper

Similar S. Ogawa, Illustrations of Japanese Life Books

Focus on Industries and Trades of Japan Focus on Customs and Ceremonies of Japan (This Book)
Focus on Women, Children,
Music & Priests
Focus on Women, Children,
Pastimes and Customs


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