Miyatake Gaikotsu established this library upon receiving a donation from Seki Hironao, the founder of the Hakuhodo publishing company. Gaikotsu’s mass-produced publications, including the satirical magazine “Kokkei Shinbun
,” are all filled with his spirit of defiance and ready wit. After the 1923 Kanto Earthquake, Gaikotsu became acutely aware of the need to collect and preserve such materials. He thus devoted himself to collecting a vast number of papers and magazines by traveling around the country on foot, leaving as a result an unparalleled collection for the library.
MEITAN (searchable online database for materials at the Meiji Shinbun Zasshi Bunko): www.meitan.j.u-tokyo.ac.jp
Sotaigo hyo (List of Relative Terms), a series of postcard booklets by Miyatake Gaikotsu
Gaikotsu compiled 340,000 postcards into 305 booklets by arranging the postcards according to different themes. The combination of postcards and the unique titles given to them turned these ordinary items into an extraordinary and extremely delightful masterwork. Here we can see the pinnacle of Gaikotsu’s eccentric editing skills.
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