Illustrations of Japanese Life

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

[Focus on Customs and Ceremonies]

 

Ogawa, K.
Takashima, S (descriptions):
Illustrations of Japanese Life, Tokyo, K. Ogawa, descriptions by S. Takashima, numerous editions (1~12 - 1896~1918), horizontal 8vo (10 x 7 1/2 in - 25.4 x 19 cm), 12 hand-colored collotypes on crepe paper, bound Japanese style and tied with purple twisted silk threads, 9 folded pages 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 pages. The first internal page has the Title Page (front) and Preface (back). The other 6 reproduce in collotype photographic images - front and back.

The focus of this book is customs and ceremonies of Japan.

The images (12th edition - 1918) are:

1) Greeting
2) Maple garden
3) Marriage ceremony
4) Playing the koto
5) Hanami flower picnic
6) Wrestling match
7) Jinrikisha
8) Ameya - taffy puller
9) Shiori - dry bed fishing
10) Picking tea (image shown below)
11) Sewing
12) Basket peddler
The images (6th edition - 1911) are:

1) Greeting
2) Maple garden
3) Marriage ceremony
4) Playing the koto
5) Hanami flower picnic
6) Wrestling match
7) Jinrikisha
8) Ameya - taffy puller
9) Shiori - dry bed fishing
10) Picking tea (different image from earlier 1st edition and later 12th edition)
11) Sewing
12) Basket peddler

The images (2nd edition - 1903) are:

1) Greeting
2) Maple garden
3) Marriage ceremony
4) Orchestra (3 women, Kioto, Violin, Samisen)
5) Hanami flower picnic
6) Wrestling match
7) Jinrikisha
8) The Ameya - taffy puller
9) Picking tea (four young women - see 6th edition, above)
10) Shiori - dry bed fishing
11) Geishas holding a letter (2 women standing)
12) Mamma

The images (1st edition - 1896) are:

1) Greeting
2) Maple garden
3) Marriage ceremony
4) Orchestra (different image from 12th edition)
5) Hanami flower picnic
6) Wrestling match
7) Jinrikisha
8) Ameya - taffy puller
9) Shiori - dry bed fishing
10) Picking tea
11) Geishas holding a letter (2 women standing)
12) Mamma

The book is in a horizontal format and measures 10 1/4 x 7 1/2 in - 26 x 19 cm. While the picture areas vary slightly, the norm is 7 x 5 1/2 in - 17.8 x 13.4 cm.

Many editions of these books were published and can be identified by the Japanese colophons inside the back cover. Examples of colophons (1st, 5th and 12th editions) are shown below. For more information on this click here. A comparison of the 1st edition and 12th edition indicates that 4 of the 12 images are different.

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Illustrations of Japanese Life, 1918, K. Ogawa
 
Greetings Maple Garden at Takinogawa
Marriage Ceremony Playing the "Koto" A Japanese Musical Instrument
"Hanami" Flower Picnic Wrestling Match

Larger Picture
The "Jinrikisha" The "Ameya" (Taffy Puller)
The "Shiori" (Fishing on the Dry Bed) Picking Tea
Sewing Basket Peddler
Dating this Book

Japanese Language Colophons (inside back cover)

1st Edition, 1896 (Meiji 29)

Meiji 29 (1896).6.22 - 1st edition printed
Meiji 29 (1896).6.25 - 1st edition published

 

Colophon, 2nd Edition, 1903

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

 

Colophon, 5th Edition, 1910

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, 6th Edition, 1911

Colophon, 6th Edition, 1911

The 7 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

 

Colophon, 12th Edition, 1918

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

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