Today we look at Sights and Scenes in Fair Japan.
This album appeared in many forms in Japan throughout the 1910s, and is based on a suite of 50 photos by Ogawa Kazumasa. It was published by the Imperial Government Railways. Whilst some editions featured black and white plates, the Library’s edition features full-colour plates and 2 full-page maps. Our edition is also bound in beautiful (if a little frayed!) embroidered silk covers depicting a mounted nobleman and his retinue traveling in the shadow of Mount Fuji. The binding is held with golden thread ties, with a cut-away spine revealing golden foredge decoration.