Two volumes (, 381, , 115,  pp.) comprising the first edition of the results of a competition for small and medium house design held by the newspaper Asahi Shimbun, profusely illustrated with floor plans, elevations, photographs, and architectural renderings, the first volume with 85 plans including five in color, the second with twelve color photos on six plates and numerous black and white photo illustrations and plans. Slight toning and minor scattered foxing. 4to. Original two-tone publisher's cloth boards with printed cardboard slipcases, some minor soiling and abrasions, very slight wear primarily to slipcases, overall excellent. Tokyo (Asahi Shimbunsha) 1929-1930 (Showa 4 & 5).
Asahi Shimbun is one of the five national newspapers in Japan, and one of the nation's oldest and largest national daily newspapers, beginning publication in Osaka in January 1879. The newspaper held this competition in 1929, and the submissions ranged widely from incredibly modern and forward-thinking designs to designs that hearkened more to the past. The competition was also held not purely as an academic exercise; 16 exhibition homes were quickly built from the submissions of this competition. The second volume illustrates the 16 homes that were chosen and built. Most of these 16 homes are bungalows with modernist touches, including the seemingly ubiquitous inclusion of portholes in most of the designs, but some have a more Bauhaus aesthetic. Today Asahi Jutaku (Asahi Housing) appears to be a vast network of real estate and building. Very scarce; although scattered holdings are found in North American institutions of a 21st century reprint, as of January 2020, WorldCat locates only two holdings of the original editions in United States libraries. Book ID: 50480