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.
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