Notes: A book promoting the virtues of California for a Japanese audience. The text extolls the vast size of California, its roads, its favorable business climate, and the tremendous opportunities for agriculture. The illustrations, rather poorly printed half-tone photographs, some with color overprinting, appear to be collected from various printed sources and perhaps real photo postcards.
Ikeda (1875–1951) immigrated to the US about 1906. He pursued farming for a while and then turned to journalism. He wrote for a number of Japanese newspapers and also published his own paper, Hokubei Hyoro,n intermittently from the 1920s until his death. He was interned during World War Two as an enemy alien, an experience that dimmed his view of the US. One volume of his final book, a multi-volume history of the Japanese in the US, was titled, "The Bitter Story of Japanese Americans" (Senjika Nikkeijin to Beikoko no jitsujo).
105 pages of plates, most printed on both sides of the leaf; 47 pages of text. 9-1/2 by 6 inches (oblong).
Not recorded in OCLC. Described in "Papa: Ikeda Kando," a short biography included in the Kando papers.
Edition + Condition: First edition (first printing). Very good; stapled covers with a cloth spine.
Publication: Oakland, CA: Kando Ikeda, 1918 (Taisho 6).
Item No: #307887