Yukiguni no minzoku (People of the Snow Country)
- Yukiguni no minzoku (People of the Snow Country)
Photobook, one volume, first edition. 367 photographic illustrations and one colour lithograph map. Japanese text. Large 8vo. Original boards in dustwrapper.
- Published in: Tokyo-to
An important photographic item illustrative of the strong interest during the war-years in folklore studies. The book is a comprehensive overview of the types, dress, customs, housing, and products of Akita Prefecture. Yanagita Kunio (1865-1972) is widely regarded as the father of ethnology. After graduating from Tokyo University he became an official in the Ministry of Agriculture. His work allowed him to travel widely and he became fascinated with different village customs in various parts of Japan. The film-maker Miki Shigeru (1905-1978) selected the images from over 2000 photos taken as part of a documentary film entitled 'Living of the land' (tsuchi ni ikiru, 1940). (Titus Boeder, 4/2007)
- Associated with: Akita-ken
- PB.377 (Photobook number)
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Object reference number: JCF20483
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