The Ho-o-Den

 

The Ho-o-Den

 
Okakura Kakudzo:
The Hõ-õ-den (Phoenix Hall), An Illustrated Description of the Buildings Erected by the Japanese Government at the World´s Columbian Exposition, Jackson Park, Chicago, Tokyo, K. Ogawa, publisher, copyrighted by C.D. Arnold, W.B. Conkey Company, Printers and Binders, Chicago, stapled pamphlet (monograph), paper wraps, 8vo (6 x 9 in - 15.2 x 23 cm), 1893, 13 black and white halftone plates (1 plan & 12 photographs), 44 pp. While K. Ogawa was the publisher, it appears the pamphlet was printed by the Conkey Company in Chicago. It is know that Ogawa attended the Exposition and perhaps the photographs were taken by him. This has not been confirmed however.

This monograph is a room by room discussion of the Japanese pavilion/building at the 1893 Columbian Exposition. Room by room and item by item the various furnishings, artifacts, objects and art are discussed and some are pictured. This publication appears to be a visitors guide for the Japanese exhibit rather than an after the fact account of the exhibit. That would probably explain why it was printed in the US. I suspect it was prepared after the exhibit was finalized but published before it was open to the public. Under these circumstances, Ogawa would have had to rely on a US based printer.

The author of this publication, Okakura Kakudzo, is referenced as the "Director of Tokyo Fine Art School." This appears to be the same person as Okakura Kakuzo, who provided the art essays found in the deluxe editions of the Brinkley set, Japan Described and Illustrated.

K. Ogawa Not the Printer. This is one of three books where K. Ogawa was the publisher but not the printer, a very uncommon practice. The books are listed below. In 1893 Ogawa attended the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago where a Congress of Photographers was held. All three of these books apparently were a spin-off from his trip to the United States.

  • 1893, Okakura Kakudzo, The Ho-o-den (Phoenix Hall), An Illustrated Description of the Buildings Erected by the Japanese Government at the World´s Columbian Exposition, Jackson Park, Chicago, Tokyo, K. Ogawa, publisher, copyrighted by C.D. Arnold, W.B. Conkey Company, Printers and Binders, Chicago, stapled pamphlet (monograph), paper wraps, 8vo (6 x 9 in - 15.2 x 23 cm), 1893, 13 black and white halftone plates (1 plan & 12 photographs), 44 pp. While K. Ogawa was the publisher, it appears the pamphlet was printed by the Conkey Company in Chicago. For more information on this monograph, click here.

  • 1895, Japanese Costumes Before the Restoration, Photographed by K. Ogawa, Under Direction of Ko-yu-kai, Tokyo, K. Ogawa, ©1893 by C. B. Woodward, St Louis, "manufactured" by National Chemigraph Co., St Louis 17 black and white high quality halftone plates ("Chemigraph, Patented March 21, 1893") with titles. Depicts dress/costumes from three periods: "620-809 A.D., 880-1150 A.D., and 1350-1550 A.D. Original price was 2.50 yen. For more information on this book, click here.

  • 1895, Military Costumes of Old Japan, Tokyo, K. Ogawa, ©1893 by C. B. Woodward, St Louis, "manufactured" by National Chemigraph Co., St Louis, 15 black and white high quality halftone plates ("Chemigraph, Patented March 21, 1893") with titles and 2 pages of text. An advertisement prices the book at 2.50 yen. For more information on this book, click here.

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Tokugawa Room

 
Front View of the Ho-o-Den

 
The Ram-Ma, by Takamura Ko-un

 
Interior of the Left Wing

 
The Kasuga-Matsuri (A Shinto Festival) by Kose Shoseki (Left)
A Sprint Sea, by Kose Shoseki (Right)

 
Library in Right Wing of the Ho-o-Den (Top)
Tea in Right Wing of the Ho-o-Den (Bottom)

 
Central Hall: The Jodan-no-ma

 
Central Hall: The Sho-sai

 
Ho-o (Phoenixes) at Play, by Hashimoto-Gaho

 
Central Hall: The Kon-no-ma

 
The Wall Decoration of the Ko-no-ma

 
The Ceiling of the Jodan-no-ma

 
The Wall of Decoration of the Sho-sai

 
Close-up Showing Halftone Printing



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