Photographs of Japanese
Customs and Manners

50 Hand Tinted Collotype Plates
K. Ogawa, 1898

 

 
Ogawa, K. (Kazumasa)
Photographs of Japanese Customs and Manners by K. Ogawa, Photographer, Tokyo, Japan, Tokyo, K. Ogawa, Sole Agents, Kelly and Walsh, Limited, Yokohama, Hongkong, Shanghai & Singapore, Meiji 31 (1898), large 4to (10 1/2 x 14 in - 26.5 x 35 cm), decorated cloth over cardboard covers, edges beveled, gilt-speckled inside covers and adjacent free pages, two silk ties, spine covered, title page, preface and 50 hand tinted collotype plates on thin paper stock, colophon (not all books), no tissue guards. Each plate contains a single image and has a descriptive caption and paragraph below that describing the image.

It appears the book was issued with a flower pattern decorated wrap-around case with on the top panel.

I have examined two slightly different versions of this book. They are basically the same. However, I note the following differences.

  • With and without colophon. One book had a colophon at the rear (shown below). The colophon is dated Meiji 31 (1898). The other book did not have a colophon.
  • Same plates but one plate in different position. The two books both had the same exact plates. This includes the duplication of the Tentosai Dancing plate (see below). However, one plate (Let Me See How it Reads) is in different positions.

Wenckstern notes this book in Volume II (1894-1906) in these terms:

Manners, Japanese, and customs, 50 plates with short description in English, no date (yen 12.). (Wenckstern, Volume II, page 10).

The book recorded on this page has 50 plates but only 49 different images. The 10th and 14th plates (The Tentosai Dancing) are identical. Since this is the only book I have examined, I do not know if this is an isolated error or if all books have the repeating plate. In the few instances I have seen the book reported it is described with 50 plates or 52 leaves, just as this book.

Many of the images (over half) in this book were previously published in the following K. Ogawa publications:

While over half of the images in this book were previously published by Ogawa, except for the three published in Illustrations of Japanese Life, they were in black and white.

For information on Kazumasa Ogawa and his books, click here.

 
Title Page

 
Preface

 

All 50 Plates in This Book
Titles are those Printed with the Plate

A Musume



A Quiet Nook



A Maiden
Also found in Costumes and Customs in Japan, Vol. II



How Shall I Send It?



Floral Arrangement



The Geisha



Let Me See How it Reads  (placement varies in books examined)
Also found in Costumes and Customs in Japan, Vol. II



A Fair Visitor



A Hunting Costume of the Kamakura Period
Also found in Japanese Costume Before the Restoration



The Tentosai Dancing (plate repeated below) 
Also found in Illustrations of Japanese Life - #4



An Ancient Court Costume 
Also found in Japanese Costume Before the Restoration



A Japanese Girl



An Ancient Female Dancer
Also found in Japanese Costume Before the Restoration



The Tentosai Dancing (repeat of this plate)



An Afternoon Tea



The Kamioki
Also found in Japanese Costume Before the Restoration



Guilty Conscience



A Nobleman of the Fujiwara Period 
Also found in Japanese Costume Before the Restoration



A Comic Dance



A Young Lady in Her Best



The Odori



A Fair Pedestrian on a Snowy Day
Also found in Costumes and Customs in Japan, Vol. II



An Ancient Court Lady 
Also found in Japanese Costume Before the Restoration



A Feudal Lord
Also Found in Japanese Costume Before the Restoration



Does My Hair Look Right?
Also found in Japanese Life
 &


A Damsel
Also found in Japan Described and Illustrated (Volume IV)



A Koyokwan Dance
Also found in Costumes and Customs in Japan, Vol. II



A General of the Fujiwara Period 
Also found in Military Costumes in Old Japan



Two Ladies in Full Dress
Also found in Illustrations of Japanese Life - #3



A Girl Picking Flowers



Two Court Ladies of the Tokugawa Period 
Also found in Japanese Costume Before the Restoration



A Toy Shop



A Fruit Dealer
Also found in Japan Described and Illustrated (Volume IV)



Second Hand Furniture Stores
Also found in Japan Described and Illustrated (Volume VIII, Deluxe Edition)



An Old Dame



A Dinner Party



The Dolls' Festival



A Dancing
Also found in Sights and Scenes on the Tokaido



The Head as a Means of Conveyance



Jinrikisha



A Play
Also found in Japan Described and Illustrated (Volume X)



An Old-Time Samurai
Also ound in Japanese Costume Before the Restoration



Japanese Peasants



A Japanese Belle
Also found in Costumes and Customs in Japan, Vol. II



The Actor



Wrestling Matches 
Also found in Japan Described and Illustrated (Volume V)



Meditation



A Group of Fisherwomen
Also found in Costumes and Customs in Japan, Vol. II &
Also found in Illustrations of Japanese Life - #4



A Buddhist Priest
Also found in Japanese Costume Before the Restoration



A Warrior 
Also found in Military Costumes in Old Japan


Colophon

Printed: Meiji 31(1898).10.27
Published: Meiji 31(1898).10.30
Ogawa Kazumasa (Isshin), 13 Hiyoshi-cho, Tokyo
Ogawa Shashin Seihanjo (Seihan Sho)[Ogawa Photoengraving Company/Factory]

 
Close-up of Collotype Plate

 

 
Listing of Plates

  1. A Musume
  2. A Quiet Nook
  3. A Maiden
  4. How Shall I Send It?
  5. Floral Arrangement
  6. The Geisha
  7. Let Me See How it Reads *
  8. A Fair Visitor
  9. A Hunting Costume of the Kamakura Period
  10. The Tentosai Dancing
  11. An Ancient Court Costume
  12. A Japanese Girl
  13. An Ancient Female Dancer
  14. The Tentosai Dancing (repeat of this plate, same as #10)
  15. An Afternoon Tea
  16. The Kamioki -- Japanese Costume Before the Restoration
  17. Guilty Conscience
  18. A Nobleman of the Fujiwara Period
  19. A Comic Dance
  20. A Young Lady in Her Best
  21. The Odori
  22. A Fair Pedestrian on a Snowy Day
  23. An Ancient Court Lady -- Japanese Costume Before the Restoration
  24. A Feudal Lord -- Japanese Costume Before the Restoration
  25. Does My Hair Look Right?
  26. A Damsel
  27. A Koyokwan Dance
  28. A General of the Fujiwara Period
  29. Two Ladies in Full Dress
  30. A Girl Picking Flowers
  31. Two Court Ladies of the Tokugawa Period
  32. A Toy Shop
  33. A Fruit Dealer
  34. Second Hand Furniture Stores
  35. An Old Dame
  36. A Dinner Party
  37. The Dolls' Festival
  38. A Dancing
  39. The Head as a Means of Conveyance
  40. Jinrikisha
  41. A Play
  42. An Old-Time Samurai
  43. Japanese Peasants
  44. A Japanese Belle
  45. The Actor
  46. Wrestling Matches
  47. Meditation
  48. A Group of Fisherwomen
  49. A Buddhist Priest
  50. A Warrior

* In one book this was positioned as the second plate.

 



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