Item #4794 Burajiru no Jisseikatsu [Real Life in Brazil]. Japanese in Brazil, Kyuichi Kanbe.

Burajiru no Jisseikatsu [Real Life in Brazil]

[Tokyo]: Kaigaisha, 1928. [6],10,282,[4]pp., including sixteen pages of halftone photographic plates, plus two small folding maps. Original printed wrappers. Minor soiling and wear to wrappers. Bookseller label to each pastedown, minor toning and occasional foxing. Very good. Item #4794

Slightly later edition of a popular book encouraging immigration to Brazil, which is rare in any edition. In the present work, Kyuichi Kanbe details in over forty chapters the history and development of Brazil, provides a detailed overview of the country's resources, demographics, infrastructure, industry, educational opportunities, Japanese colonies such as Alianza, and more, with a particular emphasis on the country's agricultural economy, products, and labor -- the "real life" of the region. The work also reports on aspects of life directly encouraging emigration, namely Japanese language newspapers, immigration policies and qualifications, land acquisition, creating new settlements, travel preparations, and with one chapter on "promising occupations other than agriculture."

The text is enhanced by two folding maps and numerous photographic illustrations both before and within the text. The folding maps show the sea routes from Japan to South America and a map of South America with identifying locations of some Japanese colonies, respectively. The photographs feature Brazilian city views, Japanese colonial agricultural fields, Japanese colonies themselves, various agricultural products (sweet potatoes, coffee, and more), among others. Interestingly, this copy carries an ownership inscription near the rear of the book belonging to a student at the Agricultural College of Tokyo in 1930. A rare work, with OCLC reporting just a single copy, at the National Diet Library in Japan.

Price: $2,250.00