1933 · Nishikicho
Japan's Girls' Festival and Boys' Festival — combining in 1948 to create a single "Children's Day" — celebrates the strength and happiness of the country's children with samurai dolls displayed in the windows of shops and homes. The dolls' armor and helmets are said to bring strength to the children.
George Caiger thoroughly examines the various doll displays and their historical context with illustrations, including => three color woodcut prints, two of which fold out, that are tipped-in to illustrate the activities of the two festivals and one of the dolls.
Provenance: From the library of Ellery Yale Wood, a collector of children's books and young adult literature, with her initials in pencil on the front free endpaper. Publisher's purple silk cloth bound together by gray silk ties in a Japanese style, cream label printed with red lettering; left and bottom edge of front board faded, light rubbing to corners, foxing and scrapes to paper label. Provenance marks as above; illustrations are still beautifully colored. (Inventory #: 40407)