Akita Prefectural Library in Japan have a series of six toy design illustration books produced between 1891 and 1913 by (I think) Yamada from Kyoto.
All the images above have been cleaned up to one extent or another. There is a further set of eight images which I cleaned but didn’t post in this webshots album.
Are we seeing any European influence here at all do you think?
Toying With Japan