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1904 Japanese-American Gay architect and artist  

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“Japanese Embroidery”, color-illustrated Pg. 10 of St. Louis Daily Globe-Democrat, Feb. 28, 1904

Takahashi, Kosen

St. Louis




 17 x 23”, full-page, laminated, with Takahashi's text and color illustrations.

Rare newspaper contribution by the first openly-Gay Japanese-American artist, an intimate of poet Yone Noguchi

Takahashi was born in Japan in 1879, came to San Francisco in the 1890s, working as cartoonist  and writer for a Japanese language newspaper while forming a romantic attachment with fledgling poet Yone Noguchi, with whom he collaborated on some periodical articles. (1897-1902 listing).  After Noguchi, whom Takahashi called “my eloping lover” wandered off to Los Angeles and New York, had a child (future sculptor Isamu Noguchi) out of wedlock with one American woman, became engaged to another, and then dashed back to Japan in 1904, Takahashi also left San Francisco.  Commissioned as architectural designer of Japanese exhibits at the St.Louis World’s Fair, he organized Takahashi Embroidery Clubs for Missouri society women and did some writing and illustrating for St. Louis newspapers.  Eventually souring on America’s attempt “to bully the whole world”, he was taken ill and died in St. Louis in 1914 at the age of 35.

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