Silver Flower Quarterly. First published in 1970 so these are early issues that are hard to find even in Japan.
These magazines and history behind them are fascinating as is the content.
Roughly translated from Japanese the magazine’s purpose is:
“seeking beauty in daily life, it is a magazine of the hobby that invites tasteful life.”
The general subject was the aesthetic life in Japan and perhaps and apt translation could be Tasteful living. It includes many pictures of life subjects in Japan in that current period but seem to be more focused on antiques and the past.
We’ve done some fairly extensive research but please keep in mind that often times the Japanese translations of the contents were not translated well enough for us to make absolute sense of them and, therefore, many issues don’t show examples of the contents (shown in order of initial pictures, left to right/front back to front). We’ve done our best but can’t guarantee full accuracy and some entries are based on us viewing the contents:
1970 Winter Issue – Winter textiles, Literature of the Meiji, dyeing and weaving, Scarecrows
1971 Winter Issue – The Art of Confectionery, The Art of Rosanjin
1971 Summer Issue – Sandal making
1971 Autumn Issue – Dolls, Art of Blown Glass
1972 Spring Issue – Hair Combs, Textiles
1973 Summer Issue – Kawawada, Motai Takeshi, Takumi Namaguchi, Komo Picture Imari, Aku Dantsu
1974 Spring Issue – Ink, Hatsuyama Shigeru, Book Plates
1974 Winter Issue – Oil Lamps
1975 Spring Issue – Toys, Netsuke, Tobacco Pouches, Oragami, Meiji
1975 Autumn Issue – Firefighters, Edo, Shirush, Banton, Spoons
1976 Spring Issue – Rice Bowls of the Edo Era, Magemono of Edo, Vessels (jugs) of Japan, Nara Picture Book, Needlework.
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