Meiji Period Prints (1868-1912)

Meiji-period woodblock prints reflect an era of change. In 1853, the arrival of Commodore Perry’s black ships brought over 250 years of Japanese isolation to an abrupt end. The following year, as Japan engaged in international trade, Yokohama-e (Yokohama pictures) captured an influx of unfamiliar peoples, places and things entering Japan through Yokohama harbor. By 1868, the Imperial line attained control of the country under Emperor Meiji, terminating the feudal rule of the Tokugawa Shogunate and dissipating the culture of the floating world. Under the emperor, national modernization progressed rapidly. From Western-style clothes and pastimes, to exciting new inventions from overseas, Japan absorbed the massive influx of the foreign and developed a distinctly Japanese modern identity. While photography and lithography gained popularity at this time, the woodblock print continued to serve as a powerful medium. Meiji artists made sense of a transitioning world with a familiar medium.

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I usually dislike a cloudy sky tonight I realize that a cloudy sky makes me appreciate the light of the moon

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I usually dislike a cloudy sky tonight I realize that a cloudy sky makes me appreciate the light of the moon

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Gojo Bridge Moon: Yoshitsune

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Gojo Bridge Moon: Yoshitsune

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I wanted to sleep in peace, and yet throughout the night till it began to ink I watched the moon

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I wanted to sleep in peace, and yet throughout the night till it began to ink I watched the moon

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Magnolia and Lesser Sulphur-crested Cockatoo

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Woodpecker on a Cherry Tree

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Grasshopper and Flowering Squash

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Japanese Plum and Emerald Dove

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Skylark and Cockscomb

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Chinese Milk Vetch, Violet, Dandelion, Field Horsetail and Skylark

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White Sparrows and Banana Leaves

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Lotus and Ducks

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Azalea and Doves

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Shungiku and Chabo

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Cranes and Their Young

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Chrysanthemums and Ajikamo

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Puppy and Butterfly

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January: New Year's Card Game

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January: New Year's Card Game

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Reflected Moonlight

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Reflected Moonlight

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The Story of Sakura Sogo

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The Story of Sakura Sogo

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Osane Learns the Courtesan's Trade

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Osane Learns the Courtesan's Trade

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Moon on a Hazy Night: The Priest Kumasaka

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The Cry of the Fox

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June

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Moon of Kintoki's Mountain

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