Illustrations of Japanese Life

Reproduced by K. by K. Ogawa
Descriptions by S. Takashima
Hand-colored Collotypes (12) on Crepe Paper

[Focus on Women & Children -
Pastimes & Customs]


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 Japanese women and children - pastimes and customs. The photographs are titled:

  1. Mother and Her Baby
  2. Children at Meals
  3. A Group of Fisherwomen
  4. The Tentosai Dancing
  5. A Miniature Garden at a Tea House
  6. Entertaining a Guest
  7. Cloth Dealer's Shop
  8. Summer Evening on the Shijo River
  9. A Well
  10. The "Jinrikisha" Riding on a Rainy Day
  11. The Ainus at Dinner
  12. A Matsuri (Temple Festival)

The book is in a horizontal 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 indebtness to Messrs. K. Tamamura and S. Kajima, as well as Prof Burton, for sevaral 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 third edition, and probably earlier editions, contains two plates different from the above. Information on that edition is here.

For information on Kazumasa Ogawa, click here.


Mother and Her Baby

Children at Meals

A Group of Fisherwomen

The Tentosai Dancing

A Miniature Garden at a Tea House

Entertaining a Guest

Cloth Dealer's Shop

Summer Evening on the Shijo River

A Well

The "Jinrikisha" Riding on a Rainy Day

The Ainus at Dinner

A Matsuri (Temple Festival)

Dating this Book
Colophons, Japanese Text, Inside Back Cover

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.

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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