Osaka: Seibundo, 1943. First Edition, quarto size.
Book of photographs on the Musashino countryside,
its village life, culture and temples. Edited by
Shinzo Fukuhara with an introduction by notable Japanese
scholar and folklorist Kuniyo
Yanagida. Featured in this book are artistic
images taken by Fukuhara and his contemporaries:
Tadashi Murabayashi (a Fukuhara protégé),
Hachiemon Kawai, Shiro Sawabe and Minoru Minami,
all ranking members of the Nihon Shashin-kai (Japan
Photographic Society). This is Fukuhara’s last
book before he passed away in 1948. Also worth noting,
this book was produced during World War II and is
in stark contrast to that period of Japan history.
of the book is very clean with plain green boards.
Slipcase is worn with the spine side of the slipcase
distressed (see below).
Shinzo Fukuhara and
Shinzo Fukuhara was a photographic
pioneer who's considered the father of Japanese
modern art photography. Publishing seven books
and over 100 articles in his lifetime, the wealthy
Fukuhara was also a patron of all the arts and
supported young and aspiring artists as well as
founding the Nihon Shashin-kai or Japan Photographic
Society (JPS) in 1924. According to Shiseido, the
cosmetic company he built with his family and was
President of, Fukuhara's concepts on art formed
the basis of "Shiseido
Style", one of the companies’ most