Very Good / Very Good. Item #6288
Yokohama/Miyanoshita: Fujiya Hotel, 1934-1937. Octavo in maru chitsu cases. Vol I 200pp, 355 photographs or line drawings in B&W or two colors. Vol II 207pp, 380 photographs or line drawings in B&W or two colors. Vol I in iridescent wheatgrass cloud-patterned silk housed in indigo case. Vol II in celadon silk damask housed in tussor case with flower motif. Linings and labels of flecked rice paper. Both cases faded and stained at long edges; case for Vol II beginning to fray at folds, but still holding. Silk book covers on both volumes show minor edge fraying. Entirely in English.
Published in traditional fukurotoji bindings—with the pages folded on the outer edge, and the limp silk covers stab-sewn together at the spine. Maru chitsu cases retain original bone fasteners.
The Fujiya Hotel was the leading spa-resort hotel in the hot springs district of Miyanoshita, Hakone—roughly comparable to the great hotels of Vichy, Saratoga Springs, and the bains and baden of Switzerland and Germany. These detailed guides were first issued for Western tourists just before World War II would make everything fall apart. A unique piece of cultural history, written with a cheer that history would soon ironize.