Complete set of 13 ema (wooden plaque) design books edited by Tanaka Shunji
Lovely series of colour, woodblock printed books showing the many varieties of ema. People would write his or her wish on one and then it was hung up at the shrine. After some time they are burned in a ceremony to symbolize that the wish is no longer required. Series 1 (1917), Series 2 (1918) and Series 3 (also 1918) consisted of 4 volumes each but Series 4 (1919) ended with the first volume only so there were only 13 volumes ever published. The Japanese title is 'Ema Kagami'.
Kyoto. Ema Kenkyukai (Ema Research Association). 1917-19.
Each volume 12-13 leaves with 6 woodblock printed designs. 32.2 x 22.4cm.
In good condition. Covers with mild spotting. The first volume of Series 3 maybe missing rear blank cover (thus missing colophon only). The first volume of Series 1 has some chipping at edge. Internally very good.