Sights and Scenes in Fair Japan, ca 1920
Kazumasa Ogawa


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Ogawa, K. (Kazumasa)
Sights and Scenes in Fair Japan, ca 1920, no colophon or information on title page, large oblong 4to (10 1/4 x 16 in - 26 x 38 cm), silk covers, cord ties, front cover with embroidered flowers, "Japan" embroidered in gold on front, gilt decoration on back cover, gold speckled inside covers and on facing front and back free papers, all edged gilt, 53 black & white collotype plates, no protective tissue guards, no maps, no text. Collotype plates printed on one side only of high quality thick card stock paper. Image areas vary slightly but are generally 7 x 10 3/8 in - 26 x 35 cm. The collotype plates cover a wide range of views in Japan with an emphasis on scenic, religious and historic places. Each plate has a descriptive title in English. More comprehensive explanatory comments are also provided in English on each plate.

This book lacks any indication of publishing information. However, it is almost identical to similar books of the same title by K. Ogawa. There is no doubt this is a K. Ogawa publication. The approximate publication date (ca 1920) is estimated.

Publishing/Printing History, Sights and Scenes in Fair Japan (ca 1910~ca 1920).

  • ca 1910 - Imperial Government Railways, 50 color collotypes and 2 color maps, captions in English only, here.
  • ca 1910 - Imperial Government Railways, 50 black and white collotype plates, no maps, captions in English only.
  • 1910 - First printing, published by Kelly & Walsh, 50 color collotypes, no maps, captions in English and Japanese.
  • 191? - Second printing, not accounted for in the colophons.
  • 1914 - Esperanto Version, Japanaj Vidajoj Kaj Moroj, 50 black and white collotype plates (same images 1917, below), captions in Esperanto and Japanese, here.
  • 1916 - Third printing, "reproduced and published by K. Ogawa," 50 collotype plates, some color (probably same as 1917, fourth printing, below).
  • 1917 - Fourth printing, "reproduced and published by K. Ogawa," 16 multipass color collotype plates, 34 black and white collotype, here.
  • ca 1920 - Unknown printing, 53 black and white collotype plates, here.

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Title Page


  1. Uyeno Park, Tokyo -- When the Cherry Blossom Blows

  2. Shinobuzu Pond, Tokyo, Famous Lotus Flowers

  3. A Picturesque View of the Imperial Palace Moat (Naval Dept & Judicial Dept)

  4. Entrance to Mausolea of the Tokugawa Shoguns in Tokyo
  5. Under the Wisteria Arbour -- In the Grounds of the Kameido, Temmangu Shrine, Tokyo
  6. Iris Garden at Kamata near Tokyo
  7. A Champion Wrestler in the Kokugikwan Amphitheatre, Tokyo
  8. Typical Japanese Residence
  9. Typical Japanese Garden
  10. Typical Reception Room in a Wealthy Home
  11. The "Daibutsu," or Gigantic Bronze Statue of Buddha at Kamakura, Erected in 1252
  12. Enoshima, near Kamakura, a Picturesque Island and Popular Excursion Resort
  13. Miyanoshita, a Favourite Hot Spring Resort in the Hakone Mountains

  14. Mt Fuji, Height 12,390 ft

  15. Display of Dolls and Toys on the Girls' Festival in March
  16. Display of Miniature Armour and Toys on the Boy's Festival in May

  17. Armour and Weapons of Ancient Warriors

  18. The River Kiso, Central Japan
  19. Cormorant-Fishing for Trout on the Nagara in Central Japan
  20. Lake Biwa, near Kyoto, the Largest Lake in Japan and Noted for its Characteristic Scenery
  21. The Temple of Kiyomizu, Kyoto, Founded in 778
  22. Kinkakuji, "Golden Pavilion," Kyoto
  23. Enjoying the Cool of a Summer Evening on the Kamogawa in Kyoto
  24. The Higashi Hongwanji, Kyoto, Founded in 1692
  25. Arashiyama, Noted for Cherry Blossoms and Autumn Tints and also the Centre of Medieval Legends
  26. Descent of the Hozu Rapids near Kyoto
  27. The Glories of Autumn -- Maples at Toganoo near Kyoto
  28. Peony Beds
  29. A Rich Display of Chrysanthemums
  30. A Tea-Plantation with Tea Pickers at Work
  31. The Interior of the Dining-Car, on the Shimbashi-Shimonoseki Special, Daily Train-de-Luxe
  32. Entrance to the Ksuga Shrine, Nara
  33. Horyuji, near Nara, Built in 607, the Most Ancient Buddhist Temple in Japan
  34. The "Chanoyu" or Tea-Ceremony, One of the Esoteric Arts of Japan

  35. Playing the "Koto," the Most Widely Used Form of Domestic Musical Instrument

  36. The "Ikebana" or Flower Arrangement, One of the Esthetic Arts of Japan
  37. Typical Japanese Garden.
  38. The "Ikebana" or Flower Arrangement, One of the Esthetic Arts of Japan
  39. Ama-no-hashidate, Central Japan, One of the Three Most Beautiful Sights in this Country
  40. Feudal Castle at Himeji
  41. A Glimpse of the Island Sea; near Onomichi
  42. Miyajima, a Sacred Island in the Inland Sea, One of the Three Most Beautiful Sights in This Country
  43. Ritauein Park in Shikoku.-A Typical Landscape Garden

  44. The "No," a Species of Lyric Drama of a Classical Nature

  45. The "Odori," a Dramatic Dance in Old Time Costume
  46. A Characteristic Japanese Dance
  47. In the Grounds of the Nikko Shrines, Founded in 1617
  48. Avenue of Crytomerias near Nikko
  49. Matsushima, in Northern Japan, One of the Three Most Beautiful Sights in This Country
  50. The Gan-etsu Line Along a Clear Mountain Stream, Northern Japan

  51. Chiyo-no-matsubara, a Celebrated Pine Grove in Kyushyu (Pic of Steam Train)

  52. Mt. Aso, an Active Volcano in Kyushu

  53. Nara Hotel, Nara & San-yo Hotel, Shimonoseki (2 pictures)

    No Colophon

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