Item No: #362525 [Photographic Album Commemorating the Kanto Earthquake Relief Work] Bokoku shinsai kyuusai jigyou kinen shashin jou. Shikanosuke Sasai, Toyo Miyatake, photographer.
[Photographic Album Commemorating the Kanto Earthquake Relief Work] Bokoku shinsai kyuusai jigyou kinen shashin jou
[Photographic Album Commemorating the Kanto Earthquake Relief Work] Bokoku shinsai kyuusai jigyou kinen shashin jou
[Photographic Album Commemorating the Kanto Earthquake Relief Work] Bokoku shinsai kyuusai jigyou kinen shashin jou
[Photographic Album Commemorating the Kanto Earthquake Relief Work] Bokoku shinsai kyuusai jigyou kinen shashin jou
[Photographic Album Commemorating the Kanto Earthquake Relief Work] Bokoku shinsai kyuusai jigyou kinen shashin jou
[Photographic Album Commemorating the Kanto Earthquake Relief Work] Bokoku shinsai kyuusai jigyou kinen shashin jou
[Photographic Album Commemorating the Kanto Earthquake Relief Work] Bokoku shinsai kyuusai jigyou kinen shashin jou
[Photographic Album Commemorating the Kanto Earthquake Relief Work] Bokoku shinsai kyuusai jigyou kinen shashin jou

1923 Photo Album of LA's Japantown

[Photographic Album Commemorating the Kanto Earthquake Relief Work] Bokoku shinsai kyuusai jigyou kinen shashin jou

Notes: A printed commemorative of the 1923 Kanto earthquake, one of the worst natural disasters to hit Japan, and the extensive relief fundraising efforts made by the Japanese American community in Los Angeles. More than 100 halftone photographs, many taken by Toyo Miyatake, one of the most acclaimed Little Tokyo photographers (this book was published the year he took over the Paris Photo Studio).

The massive quake, followed by a forty-foot tsunami, and extensive fires destroyed much of Tokyo and Yokohama, leaving more than 100,000 dead. The first 20-odd pages of this album are devoted to before and after images in Japan. The next forty pages are devoted to fundraising events held in Los Angeles's Japantown, followed by more than forty pages of ads from supporting Japanese American businesses. The events included music, theater, and dance performances, as well as a bazaar.

"An album of an emergency committee in Southern California established to render assistance to the victims of the 1923 Kanto earthquake"—A Buried Past, 965.

"After the Great Earthquake, the Japanese American community organized an active relief project that included general American groups and people. Includes photographs of disastrous scenes in Japan as well as groups and people who participated in the project."—Japanese American National Museum bibliography, 152.

[4], 66, [44] pages. 12 by 9-1/2 inches (oblong).

OCLC: 672981923 (Japan only).

Edition + Condition: First edition. A very good copy, string-bound in paper covers, as issued. With a two-inch split at the spine and typical wear to the yapped edges.

Laid in is a printed sheet with a captioned halftone photograph of a memorial service for victims of the earthquake.

Publication: Los Angeles: Bokoku Shinsai Kyusai Jigyo Kinen Shashincho Hakkojo, 1923 (Taisho 11).

Item No: #362525

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