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A Toy Print of Assorted Miniature Games

Shinpan Omocha-Zukushi

新板おもちやづくし [Shinpan Omocha-Zukushi, “A Newly Printed Assortment of Toys”]

Kamiyama, Seishichi [illustrated by].

Shintomichō, [Tōkyō]: Kamiyama Seishichi, Meiji 17 [1884].


An omocha-e toy print featuring an assortment of tiny games, probably for children to cut out and play (or pretend to play) with. The games include a "Fifty-Th ...

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A Game Sheet of 1904 Buzz-Names

Fukubiki Kuchinamari-e

福引口訛絵 [Fukubiki Kuchinamari-e, “A Lottery Illustration of Provincialisms”]

Tsukamoto, Sutesaburō [printed by].

Nagoya, Aichi: Tsukamoto Sutesaburō, [ca. Meiji 37 (1904)].


This print depicting famous figures of the early 1900s may have been used as a paper "board" game for gambling. The illustration uses a bright red pigment cha ...

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An Unrecorded Sugoroku by Kokunimasa

[A Sugoroku Game Featuring Various Animals]

[A Sugoroku Game Featuring Various Animals]

Kokunimasa [illustrated by].

Tōkyō: Fukuda Kumajirō, Meiji 27 [1894].


A paper sugoroku game illustrated with various animals, by Kokunimasa. Kokunimasa was almost certainly Utagawa Kunimasa V (years of birth and death undetermined), who used the name Baidō Kokunimasa between 1889 and 1896. ...

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Mountain River on the Kiso Road: A Postcard Triptych

Kisoji no Yamakawa

木曽路之山川 [Kisoji no Yamakawa, “Mountain River on the Kiso Road”]

[Utagawa], Hiroshige I [illustrated by].

[Japan: unidentified publisher, ca. early to mid-20th century].


A set of three unused postcards delicately woodblock-printed with Hiroshige's famous illustration of the snowy Kiso Valley. Originally printed in 1857, Mountain River on the ...

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A Striking Night Scene of an American Steam Locomotive

Amerika-koku Jōkisha Ōrai

亜墨利加國蒸氣車往来 [Amerika-koku Jōkisha Ōrai, “The Transit of an American Steam Locomotive”]

Issen [Utagawa], Yoshikazu [illustrated by].

[Tōkyō: Maruya Jinpachi, Bunkyū Gannen (1861)].


This eye-catching triptych of an American "steam train" is believed to be based on an image of the Japanese embassy arriving in 1860 in Wash ...

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The First German Primer Published in Japan

Die Ersten Lectionen des Deutschen Sprachunterrichts: im Gebrauch der Deutschen Anfangsclassen der Kaiserlich-Japanesischen Academie von Daïgaku-Nankō

Die Ersten Lectionen des Deutschen Sprachunterrichts: im Gebrauch der Deutschen Anfangsclassen der Kaiserlich-Japanesischen Academie von Daïgaku-Nankō

Daigaku Nankō [edited by].

Jedo [Tōkyō]: Daigaku Nankō, 1870.


The first German primer to be published in Japan, and the second German study book overall to be published in ...

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An Unrecorded Aesop's Fables Triptych by a Little-Known Pupil of Kyosai

Tsūzoku Isoppu Monogatari, Dai Hachi-gō-bu-zu

通俗伊蘇普物語 第八号部圖 [Tsūzoku Isoppu Monogatari, Dai Hachi-gō-bu-zu, “Aesop's Fables: Illustration of Number Eight”]

Yamamoto, Ryūdō [illustrated by].

Kanda, [Tōkyō]: Takekawa Seikichi, Meiji 10 [1877].


An unrecorded triptych by Yamamoto Ryūdō (1845-1913), a pupil of Kawanabe Kyōsai (1831-1889), o ...

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An English Translation of Two of the Chinese Four Books

Eiwa Shisho: Bessatsu Daigaku, Chūyō, Eibun, Zen

英和四書:別冊 大學・中庸 英文 全 [Eiwa Shisho: Bessatsu Daigaku, Chūyō, Eibun, Zen, “Four Books of the Chinese Classics Translated into English”]

[Confucius; Zisi (original texts by)]; Legge, James [translated by]; Imamura, N[agayoshi] [revised and translated into Japanese by].

Tōkyō: Z.P. Maruya & Co., Meiji 18 [1885]. "New edition".



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The Earliest English Edition of The Great Learning Published in Japan

Seiyō Shisho: Eikan Taiyaku

西洋四書:英漢對譯 大學 [Seiyō Shisho: Eikan Taiyaku, Daigaku, “The Western Four Classics: an English-Chinese Parallel Translation of 'The Great Learning'”]

[Confucius (original text by)]; Rejji, Zēmusu [Legge, James (English translation by)]; Seki, Yoshitaka [Japanese "translation" by].

Tōkyō: Yamatoya Kihē, Meiji 5 [1872]. 


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An Unusual Yōkai Print by an Obscure Pupil of Hokusai

Honchō Furisode no Hajime: Susanoo-no-Mikoto Yōkai Gōbuku no Zu

本朝振袖之始 素盞烏尊妖怪降伏之圖 [Honchō Furisode no Hajime: Susanoo-no-Mikoto Yōkai Gōbuku no Zu, “Susanoo no Mikoto Subdues the Yōkai in Honchō Furisode no Hajime”]

Edogawa [Katsushika], Hokki [illustrated by].

[Japan: unidentified publisher, ca. Kaei 4 (1851)].


A yoko-ōban nishiki-e by Katsushika Hokki (years of birth and deat ...

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A Manuscript Record of the Arrival of the British HMS Mariner in Japan

Kaei Ni-nen Tori-urū Shi-gatsu: Angeria-sen Toraiki

嘉永二年酉閏四月 暗ヶ利亜舩渡来記 [Kaei Ni-nen Tori-urū Shi-gatsu: Angeria-sen Toraiki, “Record of the Arrival of a Ship from Anglia, Fourth Month of 1849” ]

[Compiler unidentified].

[Japan, ca. late Edo period (mid-19th century)]. Manuscript.


This manuscript collates four Japanese reports of the British ship the HMS Mariner, led by Commander Charles Mit ...

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Two Hundred Uncut Hyakunin Isshu Cards, Illustrated by Keisai Eisen

Hyakunin Isshu Karuta

[百人一首歌留多 (Hyakunin Isshu Karuta, “Cards of One Hundred Poems by One Hundred Poets”)]

[Keisai, Eisen (illustrated by)].

[Tōkyō]: Shiba Senichi, [ca. 1850-60s].


A complete set of two hundred uncut hyakunin isshu cards (one hundred poem cards and one hundred poet cards) in eight leaves. The publisher and printer was Shiba Senichi (芝泉市 ...

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The Great Battle of the Fish and The Vegetables

Aomono Sakana Gunzei Ō-kassen no Zu

青物魚軍勢大合戦之図 [Aomono Sakana Gunzei Ō-kassen no Zu, "Illustration of the Epic Battle of the Vegetable and Fish Armies"]

Utagawa, Hirokage [illustrated by].

Yokoyamachō, [Tōkyō]: Tsujiokaya [Bunsuke (Kinshōdō)], [Ansei 6 (1859)].


An army of fruit and vegetable soldiers clash with fish and crustacean troops on a beach in this cap ...

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Two Albums of Miniature Landscapes

Senkeiban Zushiki

占景盤図式 [Senkeiban Zushiki, “Illustrations of Tray-Landscapes”]

Suminoe, Buzen [bonkei created by]; Suminoe, Aizan [compiled and edited by]; Nagayama, Kōin ... [et al.] [illustrated by]; Tadataka, Katsu [preface by].

Kyōto: Namariya Yasubē; Edo [Tōkyō]: Tsuruya Kiemon; Ōsaka: Kawachiya Tasuke ... [and 3 others], Bunsei 9 [1826].

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An Illustrated Description of “Dr. Sanden's Electric Belt”

Sanden Denki Obi Zukai

[Illustrator not identified].

[Japan : Sanden Denki Shōkai, ca. late Meiji period (1903-1907)].


A lithographically printed advertisement for Dr. Sanden's ‘Herculex’ electric belt, a device supposed to give vitality and restorative powers to those who wore it. The Sanden Electric Company, founded by Albert T. Sanden in America in 1885, opened i ...

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A Silhouette Print of People and Animals

Shinpan Utsushi-e

[Illustrator not identified].

[Tōkyō : Tsujikame-ban, ca. early to mid Meiji period (1875-1895)].


An utsushi-e (projection picture) of 53 silhouettes of people and animals. People in varying professions are pictured, including a jinrikisha (cart-puller), a samurai, and a walking salesman. Children and a variety of animals are also featured, as is a woman ...

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A Silhouette Print of Monsters and Ghouls

Shinpan Andō Utsushi-e

Kobayashi, Eijirō [Ikuhide].

Bakurochō, [Tōkyō] : Higuchi Gintarō, Meiji 14 [1881].


A woodblock-printed omocha-e (toy print) featuring a mixture of silhouettes of people, monsters, and spirits. There are 47 silhouettes in total, including those of two rokurokubi (monsters with long necks), a kasa-obake (umbrella spirit), a monster whose oi ...

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Trials of Strength Between Celebrity Rivals

Kōkoku Raimei no Shokun Mitate Chikara Kurabe

[Katsushika?], Masahisa [illustrated by].

Tōkyō : [publisher illegible], Meiji 15 [1882].


An engrossing triptych featuring over three hundred famous people engaged in bouts of kubihiki. Kubihiki was a Japanese game in which a looped string was placed around the necks of two people and a trial of strength would ensue. In this work, celebrities, almost all ...

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A Woodblock-Printed Cutting Believed to be from a 13th Century Kasuga-Ban

Dai Hannya-kyō

[Nara : Kōfukuji?, ca. Kamakura period (1185–1333)?].


A cutting presumed to have been taken from a Kamakura period Kasuga edition of the Dai Hannya-kyō (or Dai-Hannya Haramitta-kyō (Great Perfection of Wisdom Sutra)). The ex-owner has added a tipped-in description reading simply “Kamakura Period, Cutting from a Kasuga Edition of the Dai Han ...

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A Japanese Catalogue of Canadian Wallpapers

Wallpapers for Three Generations, Made in Canada

[Creator not identified].

Kyōbashi, [Tōkyō] : Yabuya Kawashima Fusumagamiten, Taishō 15 [1926].


A catalogue of 26 Canadian wallpaper samples published by Yabuya Kawashima Fusumagamiten, a company predominantly known for selling fusuma (Japanese sliding screen) papers. A number is printed on the verso of each decorative sample, and a price list ...

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The First Handbook of Foreign Place Names Published in Japan

Kakkoku Shoryō Bankoku Chimei Shōran

Shibata, Shūzō.

Edo [Tōkyō] : Shunsōdō, [Kaei 6 (1853)].


A guidebook of place names from around the world, recorded as "the first dictionary of place names [published in Japan]".¹ The author, Shibata Shūzō (1820–1859), was the son of a dried fish seller who lived on Sado Island in his early years. He enjoyed drawi ...

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A Woodblock-Printed “Basic Guide to Western Clocks”

Seiyō Tokei Benran

[Yanagawa, Shunsan].

Tōkyō : Yamatoya Kihē, [ca. Meiji 2 (1869)].


A woodblock-printed booklet published to help Japanese readers understand ‘western time’ and the reading of western clock faces. The change in Japan from the old lunar calendar to the Gregorian calendar was made in November of Meiji 5 (1872), and this accordion-folding boo ...

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Inscribed by Greey to Mrs. Fenollosa, with an Original Sketch

The Golden Lotus and Other Legends of Japan

Greey, Edward [written and with covers designed and drawn by].

Boston : Lee and Shepard, 1883. First edition.


A first edition copy of Greey's 'The Golden Lotus', inscribed by him to Mrs. (Lizzie) Fenollosa (dated 1882, before the official publication of the book). Ernest Fenollosa taught political economy and philosophy at the Imperial University ...

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Seven Woodblock-Printed Chirimen-e

A Collection of Crepe Paper Illustrations, Woodblock-Printed

Hiroshige, Andō ... [et al.] [illustrated by].

[Japan : publisher not identified, ca. 1920-40s].


A collection of seven colour woodblock-printed chirimen-e (crêpe-paper illustrations) printed in the Taishō to early Shōwa period, possibly earlier. The collection includes two large reproduced illustrations from Hiroshige's ‘Fifty-t ...

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A Collection of Postcards and Letters from, and relating to, Edmund Blunden

[Ca. 1923-1930].


A collection of two letters and two postcards from Edmund Blunden to English bookseller J.S. Billingham, along with four postcards from Blunden's Japanese students to the same bookseller, and two blank postcards sent to Billingham by Blunden. Blunden was the Professor of English at the University of Tokyo from 1924 to 1927, and the letters and postcar ...

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First Steps in Geography

Chiri Shohō

Tōkyō : Monbushō, Meiji 6 [1873].


A Meiji-period illustrated textbook on geography compiled by the government. Books such as these were used after the opening of Japan to trade in the Meiji period to introduce scientific information from overseas to the Japanese population. Woodblock-printed, with several illustrations, including one in colour of a world ma ...

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An Illustrated Scroll of Bugaku Imperial Court Dances, Delicately Coloured

Bugaku Zukan

Ca. late Edo period (early to mid-1800s). Manuscript. 


“Alongside the closely-allied music practice of gagaku, the establishment of the bugaku tradition during the Nara (710-794) and Heian (794-1185) periods reflected a growing interest in cultural and religious practices outside Japan and became part of the Japanese imperial court's broaden ...

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A Commemorative Booklet Celebrating Saint Nicholas of Japan's Elevation to Archbishop of All Japan

Jūkanroku: Sōga

Mizushima, Kōyō (Isaiah) [edited by].


Tōkyō : Seikyō Honkai Henshūjo, Meiji 39 [1906]. First edition.


A document printed to commemorate a celebration by the congregation of the Japanese Orthodox Church for the 25th anniversary of Bishop Nikolai Kasatkin (1836–1912) and his elevation to Archbishop of All Japan by t ...

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On Famous Australian Figures

Gōshū Jinmei Jiten

Nan'yō Keizai Kenkyūjo.


Tōkyō : Nan'yō Keizai Kenkyūjo, Shōwa 19 [1944].


A booklet in Japanese listing famous Australians and Australian residents, including convicts, explorers, artists, Royal Navy officers, geographers, and naturalists. The figures included are, in order, William Dampier, S ...

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A Beautiful Botanical Diary, in Four Volumes

A Set of Sketchbooks of Seasonal Flowers and Plants

Ca. Meiji 36 to 44 [1903-1911]. Manuscript.


A set of four books of skillfully hand-painted flowers and animals, presumed to be by the same, unknown, Japanese artist. Most of the illustrations are captioned with the name of the flower/plant pictured and the date the sketch was made, suggesting that the books were used as ‘sketchbook diaries’ in w ...

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Twenty-Three Kamon and Katagami Stencils

A Collection of Happi Pattern Stencils

Ca. late Taishō to early Shōwa period [1920-40s].


A collection of beautiful stencils for dyeing patterns onto ‘happi’ [traditional Japanese straight-sleeved coats] and/or ‘haori’ [formal coats]. Most of the stencils feature ‘kamon’ [circular family crests], and would have been used for the back panel of such coa ...

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The Catalogue of a Sidney Nolan Exhibition in Tokyo

Bunmei wo Warau Kaiga no Shizenji: Shidonii Nōran ; Sidney Nolan

Fuji Terebi Gyarari. [Tokyo]: Sankei Shimbun Co. Ltd. ; Fuji Telecasting Co., 1973. First edition. The catalogue of an exhibition of the works of Australian artist Sidney Nolan in Japan, patronised by the Australian Embassy in Tokyo. The exhibition was held from the 10th until the 28th of April, 1973, at the Fuji Television Gallery in Tokyo, and included 26 of Nolan’s mixed ...

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A Highly Pictorial Book on Australia and New Zealand

Gōshū Nanpō Tairiku Oyobi Nyūjīrando Chōhakuun

Tsuchiya, Motosaku. Osaka: Asahi Shinbunsha, Taishō 5 [1916]. First edition. A detailed photographic record of the cultures and geographies of Australia and New Zealand, for Japanese readers, with many black and white photographic illustrations of the native animals, landscapes, cities, and indigenous peoples of the two countries. The book includes images of famous A ...

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The Menu of the 'Japanese Night' Dinner Attended by Oscar Wilde and His Lover

Ye Sette of Odd Volumes, Limmer's Hotel, Friday, June the Third, 1892

[London] : Ye Sette, 1892. 


The menu of the ‘Japanese Night’ dinner held in 1892 by members of Ye Sette of Odd Volumes (an English club of bibliophiles founded by bookdealer Bernard Quaritch in 1878) and attended by many members of the Japan Society. The night is known to have been attended by, amongst others, Narinori Okoshi, Cap ...

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