I originally wrote in 1997 about the guitars purchased in 1926 by Japanese collectors from Philip Bone, but never shared a copy of the original letter received from Bone listed details on the guitars. I stumbled across my correspondence with Nakano recently and realized he had sent me a copy of the letter. Here it is!
As detailed in one of my earlier blog entries, Jiro Nakano was not only a long time collector, but was a tremendous cataloger of all information related to the guitar and mandolin. He wrote many articles over a very long period of time and contributed many long lists of composers and compositions to various guitar journals in Japan.
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Doshisha University compiled two catalogs of the Nakano Collection – one for guitar and one for mandolin. Both catalogs are available for order directly from the university. The Nakano Collection contains approximately 12,000 individual items with about 6100 in the guitar section. Doshisha has photocopied the nearly the entire collection and bound it into a series of very large volumes. As long as you can get into the library it is very easy to access the collection by requesting certain volumes.
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This is an incomplete list of compositions in the Morishige Takei collection at the Kunitachi College of Music in Tokyo, Japan. It was compiled by Jun Sugawara, of HOMAdream. The Takei collection is not publicly accessibly to my knowledge, nor has it been fully catalogued. After Takei’s death it was in the custody of at least one other person during which time portions may have been mixed with other collections. Takei also had a large amount of mandolin music in his possession. I doubt that this list represents the total of his guitar collection. One thing to remember though is that Takei lost nearly all of his collection due to fires caused by the great Kanto earthquake in 1923, though his rebuilt collection mostly survived other fires caused by air raids on Tokyo during World War II.
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I have made available PDF files of all issues of Takei Morishige’s journal Mandorin to Gitaa Kenkyu Shiryo (Mandolin and Guitar Research Articles) which was published from January, 1942 to November, 1943. Each issue was only 4 pages and printed on a single, folded piece of newsprint. The journal ended publication due to a paper shortage during the war. Takei’s publishing activities started in 1916 with his journal titled “Mandolin and Guitar”.
UPDATE May 2011: A table of contents list in both Japanese and English is now available.
This article first appeared on my personal site icoldwell.com in Fall 2004.
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This article originally appeared on my personal site icoldwell.com in 1997 and was titled Clarification of Information in “An Introduction to the History of the Guitar in Japan”.
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