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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Nitta Sadatsune Seeing an Apparition in a Cave

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Nitta Sadatsune Seeing an Apparition in a Cave

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Sadanobu Threatening a Demon in the Palace at Night

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Fujiwara no Hidesato Shooting the Centipede at the Dragon King's Palace

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Kiyohime Changing into a Serpent at the Hidaka River

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November: Tea Ceremony

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Sunflower and Owl

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Toyohara Sumiaki: Moon at Kitayama

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Minamoto no Yorimitsu Striking the Earth Spider

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Sagami Jiro Taira no Masakado

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Ichikawa Danjuro as Kumagai Naozane and Onoe Kikugoro as Taira no Atsumori at the Ichinotani Battle

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Ichikawa Danjuro as Kumagai Naozane and Onoe Kikugoro as Taira no Atsumori at the Ichinotani Battle

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The Jade Rabbit Songoku

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The Jade Rabbit Songoku

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Chang E Flees to the Moon

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The Moon's Four Strings: Semimaru

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The Moon's Four Strings: Semimaru

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A Glimpse of the Moon: Kahoyo

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A Glimpse of the Moon: Kahoyo

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Yugao Chapter from the Tale of Genji

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Tale of Umewaka at Sumida River

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Tale of Umewaka at Sumida River

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Sumo Fight at Shinmei

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Beauty of Heian Period in Twelve-layer Kimono

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The Moon at Obasute-yama

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Buddhist Monk Receives Cassia Seeds on a Moonlit Night

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Mount Yoshino Midnight-moon: Iga-no Tsubone

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Gravemarker Moon

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Horin Temple Moon

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Rainy Moon: Kojima Takanori

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Rainy Moon: Kojima Takanori

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