Illustrations of Japanese Life
Photographs by K. Ogawa
Descriptions by S. Takashima
Hand-colored Collotypes (12) on Crepe Paper
[Focus on Social Practices and Customs]


"Wrestling Match" -- Hand-Colored Collotype on Crepe Paper

Ogawa, K.
Takashima, S (descriptions):
Illustrations of Japanese Life, Tokyo, K. Ogawa, descriptions by S. Takashima, 1918, 12th edition, 8vo, 12 hand-colored collotypes on crepe paper, bound Japanese style and tied with purple twisted silk threads, 7 unsevered pages (14 pages in total). This is one in a series of photographic album type books under this same title published by K. Ogawa. There are a total of 7 unsevered leaves. The first has the Title Page (front) and Preface (back). The other 6 have a photograph - front and back. The leaves have a paper sheet behind them to provide support. The focus of this book is customs and ceremonies of Japan. The photographs include, 1) greeting, 2) maple garden, 3) marriage ceremony, 4) playing the koto, 5) hanami, flower picnic, 6) wrestling match, 7) the jinrikisha, 8) amevy - taffy puller, 9) shiori - dry bed fishing, 10) picking tea, 11) sewing and 12) basket peddler. 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.

I find these books are hard to date as there is no publication date in English. I have concluded the book was published in 1918 from a Japanese language section found on the inside of the back cover. For more information on this click here

For information on Kazumasa Ogawa, click here.

Close-up, Hand-colored Collotype on Crepe Paper

Larger Picture
Two Similar S. Ogawa, Illustrations of Japanese Life
Focus on Industries and Trades of Japan Focus on Customs and Ceremonies of Japan (This Book)

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