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Earthquake Pictorial Edition - Kanto Shinsai gaho

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  • Title (object)

    • Earthquake Pictorial Edition - Kanto Shinsai gaho
  • Description

    Photographic magazine, first edition, 3 volumes. Numerous photographic plates (incl. 2 folding panoramas), maps, and plans. Captions in English and Japanese. Oblong 4to. Original printed wrappers. Record of the destruction caused by the Great Kanto earthquake that struck eastern Japan on 1 September 1923.


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  • Date

    • 1923
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  • Curator's comments

    The most visually comprehensive publication of the Great Kanto Earthquake that devastated Tokyo and Yokohama on September 1st, 1923. The present publication is outstanding for its documentary aspects recording not only the physical devastation of the cities but also the desperate situation of the homeless, refugees, and other victims of the disaster. It includes images taken during and shortly after the event, the like of which had never been seen before in Japan. Osaka Mainichi published this magazine just over one month after the disaster, chiefly because Osaka was the only large city in Japan where publishing had not come to a halt. Almost all the newspapers and photographic magazines in Tokyo were forced to end or at least suspend publication. Only one complete set in OCLC. (Titus Boeder, 4/2007)


  • Bibliography

    • Boeder 2007 9 bibliographic details
  • Exhibition history


    2009 1 Jul-25 Oct, BM, Japanese Galleries, 'Japan from Prehistory to the Present'
    2012 Jun – Oct, BM Japanese Galleries ‘Japan from Prehistory to Present’ (vol. 1)

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  • Associated events

    • Associated Event: Great Kanto Earthquake, 1923
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  • Additional IDs

    • PB.266 (Photobook number)

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