An illustrated monthly journal of the fine and applied arts of Japan and other eastern countries
Original: Nos.1-1197 (1889-1995). Large folio.
Publication year: 1979
Text: Japanese with Abstract in English
35mm positive, 64 reels (Monochrome)
Kokka is an illustrated monthly art journal, launched in the Meiji era and boasting the longest publication period of the kind in Japan. Having celebrated the publication of its 1000th issue in August of the 3rd year of Heisei (1991), it first made its appearance in October of the 22nd year of Meiji (1889) and received assistance from Ryuhei Maruyama, Riichi Ueno, founders of the Asahi Shimbun. On the first page of its issue was the Kokka Declaration wherein the cultural atmosphere of the era was precisely described. The Declaration begins with "Art is the Quintessence of the nation" thus laying the basis for the foundation of the publication and its editorial policy. It contained full color wood block plates from its first issue and was led by such prominent writers as Ryuichi Kuki, Tenshin Okakura and others. Seiichi Taki, the chief editor, devoted himself to the publication for more than 40 years, and his contributions to the development of the art magazine as well as to the historical study of Japanese art are invaluable.
This monochrome microfilm edition includes all the pages including covers, texts and illustrations.