Boston University has received a rare and precious gift of the complete run of the Japanese art journal Kokka from the prominent Asian art collectors Mr. and Mrs. Victor Hauge of Virginia.
Kokka, the longest running art periodical published in Japan, had its start in the year 1889 and has maintained its preeminent standing for more than a century as the primary forum for the dissemination of scholarly research on the traditional arts of Japan, China, and other Asian cultures. Moreover, Kokka has been an exceptional publication because of its inclusion of a large number of high-quality illustrations in each issue. Early issues featured collotype and chormoxylograph plates (a type of color woodblock) in addition to line drawings; the black and white collotypes were the work of the renowned photographer Ogawa Kazuma (1820-1929).
A significant source of scholarly information, Kokka has been furthermore a valuable material record of the innovative print technology of the last century and a showcase for the work of leading print designers and photographers. The set is currently housed in the library at the International Center for East Asian Archaeology and Cultural History (ICEAACH) of Boston University. It is available to members of Boston University as well as non-BU scholars, researchers, students, and the interested public. Due to the age and fragile condition of early issues, access may be limited.
Library hours are Monday – Friday, 9:30 am to 4:30 pm (summer hours may vary, please call). The Library is located at ICEAACH on the fifth floor of 650 Beacon Street, in Kenmore Square, on the Boston University Charles River Campus.