Tokyo Records

Tokyo Records (U.S.A. ethnic) / c. 1935

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Design: The logo at the top features stylized chrysanthemum flowers. The layout, with its round-cornered panels, is evidently based on the Columbia label of the late 1920s.

History: During the 1930s, a Japanese Congregational minister named Takeshi Ban was president of an organization titled the Pacific Bureau of New Musical Study (whose name appears in small letters at the foot). As well as providing for cultural continuity with Japanese enclaves in the United States, the organization supplied records of Japanese music (as above) to American academic institutions, in an effort to promote an appreciation of Japanese culture. Unfortunately, the unprovoked attack on the U.S. Pacific fleet anchored at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii (December 7, 1941) brought an abrupt end to such goodwill enterprises.

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