This is the first in my ongoing series of translations of kindai manga from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, beginning with the work of Kitazawa Rakuten. Unless otherwise noted, the originals are taken from the Rakuten zenshū published in 1931 by Atorie-sha, though they originally appeared throughout Rakuten’s earlier periodical work.
The very first [comics] appearing here were referred to in the final installment of [Comics] as Reading though not included there for visual reference. I present them now as a means to bridge the old and new projects, and if you would like to read more about these “mirror” [comics], an extensive discussion appears there.
Rakuten zenshū vol. 3 pp. 115-117