Among the treasures of the John G. White folklore collection is a series of small Japanese fairy tales published by Takejiro Hasegawa (1853-1938) in Tokyo. They were published for the Westerners living in Japan to familiarize them with Japanese folklore, and also as a means for the Japanese to learn English.
The series in Special Collections was printed on chirimen-bon, or crepe paper, and highly illustrated by color woodblocks. These charming books attracted foreigners by their peculiar texture, and became popular souvenirs. However, with increased mass publication, the chirimen books did not naturally fit in with mass production, and became limited to calendars and special products.