CASE & COVER TEXT ILLUSTRATION

@A collection of 21 stories written by Kitagawa Chiyo, one of the leading writers in the field of girls' novels, which appeared in girls' magazines such as Shôjo Sekai [Girls' World] and Reijokai [Noble Girls' World] from the end of the Taisho era to the beginning of Showa. It is a notable deluxe velvet boxed edition, and was bound in different colors. Bindings and illustrations were done by Fukiya Kôji who dominated the world of illustration at that time. He was a close friend of Kitagawa, and evaluated her description of boys and girls who supported themselves. Kitagawa admits in the introduction that every heroine in her story does not just cry and sink into grief but regains her strength. In the title piece "Kinuito no Zôri" a teacher tells her students a story relating to small Japanese sandals woven in silk, which she keeps in her wallet and cherishes like an amulet. The sandals were made by a poor man named Shôsaku. The real protagonist of the story is not a girl but Shôsaku, who never gave up hope. His affection toward children and his relationship with people around him are described in the story.
@Kitagawa was married to a proletarian novelist, and after her divorce she participated in a socialistic women's group. She married again to a labor movement activist which perhaps explains why she preferred realism to romanticism. Her stories were innovative compared to the sentimental girls' novels fashionable at that time. While many women writers became stereotyped and stopped writing for girls, Kitagawa consistently wrote for girls and children throughout her life.