Erokan jidai no uta: Nikkatsu eiga shudaika ["Song for the age of erotic senses: theme of the Nikkatsu film"]
Itō, Kazuo [lyrics by]; Matsudaira, Nobuhiro [composed by]; Matsubara, Chikashi, Satō, Tokitarō [arranged by]; [Saitō], Kazō [illustrated by].
Tōkyō : Bikutā Shuppansha, Shōwa 5 .
A harmonica score for the theme song of the film Musume sentan erokan jidai ("Girl at the cutting edge of the age of erotic senses"), with covers illustrated by the artist and composer Saitō Kazō (1887-1955) with a kimono-clad moga ("modern girl") surrounded by a geometric whirlwind of disembodied lips and high-heeled legs. Saitō, a friend of ballet dancer Ishī Baku (1886–1962) and composer Yamada Kōsaku (Kósçak Yamada (1886-1965)), dabbled in stage design, collaborated on theatrical and cinematic productions, taught dressmaking and designed clothes for the Empress, composed songs, studied composition art at the Royal School of Art in Berlin, designed interiors for the Imperial Theatre, Imperial Hotel, and Kabuki-za, taught design at the Tokyo Fine Arts School, was employed as the head professor of the Department of Design at the Hangzhou National College of Art (the former Chinese National Academy of Art), and exhibited works at the Imperial Academy of Fine Arts Exhibition (Teiten). Despite these and many other achievements, Saitō seems to be virtually unknown in the English-speaking world and barely known in Japan (the only recorded exhibitions focused on Saitō 's works were held in 1990 at the Akita Senshū Museum of Art and 2006 at the Tokyo University of the Arts). An exceptional example of an ero-guro-nansensu ("erotic grotesque nonsense") era music score showcasing on offset-printed covers an avant-garde collage of stylistic elements from Japanese Art Deco, surrealism, and modernism.
One music score with one loosely inserted leaf (two pages), complete. Publisher's stamp tipped-in to lower wrapper. Light discolouration, wear, and chips to extremities. Lightly soiled, minor offsetting, and with a few creases. Small hole to inserted leaf. Number seven of the Bikutā hāmonika chō tokusen gakufu series. 26.7 x 19 cm.