Tokyo Reconstruction, Thirty Famous Volunteers
(Tokyo Fukko Hyakkei, Sanju meikakigo)
tassle-bound book depicting scenes of Tokyo following the 1923 earthquake; the red cover with the title Tokyo Fukko Hyakkei, Sanju meikakigo, with one hundred black and white and monochrome illustrations by thirty artists, plus one color frontispiece by Nakazawa Hiromitsu; titled, dated and priced on the inside back cover, Tokyo Fukko Hyakkei (One Hundred Views of Tokyo Reconstruction), Taisho juyonnen sangatsu nijuugon ichi seihon (Taisho 14 , March 25, published), teika ichi en (price one yen); excerpted from Nihon oyobi Nihonjin published by Seikyo sha, 1925
9 3/4 by 7 1/4 in., 24.8 by 18.4 cm
In contrast to the collection of raw images by Yamamura Koka, Records of Impressions of the Great Earthquake Disaster, depicting the devastating destruction and despair wrought by the September 1, 1923 earthquake which were published in the Hochi Shimbun newspaper only twenty-nine days later beginning on September 30th, the illustrations included in this volume present a hopeful and optimistic perspective on Tokyo under reconstruction. The collaborative collection of one hundred images was originally published by Seikyo sha on January 1st, 1925 within vol. no. 64 of the magazine Nihon oyobi Nihonjin (Japan and the Japanese). This book is a separate publication featuring the illustrations alone which was issued three months later.
The table of contents groups the illustrations by wards around the city such as Azabu, Kajimachi, Kanda, Nihonbashi, Azabu, Akasaka, Yotsuya and Ushigome, and includes works by many artist that were active in the shin-hanga movement including: Nakazawa Hiromitsu (1874-1964), Kaburaki Kiyokata (1878-1972), Kobayakawa Kiyoshi (1896-1948), Yamakawa Shuho (1898-1944), Kasamatsu Shiro (1898-1991), Yamamura Koka (Toyonari, 1885-1942), Ito Shinsui (1898-1972), and Kawase Hasui (1883-1957).
(inv. no. C-3238)
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