Kodomo no kuni 1920’s Japanese children’s book illustrations

By heather at 4:03 am on Friday, October 27, 2006


illustrated by Honda Shotaro

“The Picture Book Gallery No. 2 Exhibit centers around some 300 illustrations published in the Kodomo no kuni picture book magazine during the first decade after its inauguration in 1922.”
These are a few of my favourites…but there are dozens more, make sure to check out the online exhibit.

illustrated by Takei Takeo

illustrated by Takei Takeo


illustrated by Takei Takeo


illustrated by Honda Shotaro


llustrated by Kawakami Shiro

“Kodomo no kuni was one of the leading artwork-featuring journals for children founded and published in 23 volumes and 265 issues from January1922 to March 1949…The magazine included pictures, stories, children’s songs, dances, plays, and articles on handicrafts for young children….[The artists] were encouraged to view children straightforwardly, ask what they were thinking, and to urge young readers to find themselves in the pictures. In the first phase of the journal’s publication, from 1922 to 1932, more than one hundred artists contributed, a quarter of whom were women.”

Source of quoted text : Kodomo no kuni

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Comment by Maggie Hohle

December 2, 2008 @ 4:02 pm

Hi there. Do you have any more information on Kodomo no kuni?
I sure hope so. I would love to see it.

Thanks in advance.
Maggie Hohle

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