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 period artists made sense of a transitioning world with a familiar medium.

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Guardian God and Rochishin

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July

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Taking Down a Blind

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Invitation to the Latter Part of the Tea Gathering

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Invitation to the Latter Part of the Tea Gathering

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Charcoal Setting

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The Menu

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The Hostess Greets Her Guests

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Entering a Tea Room

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Title Page: Daily Practice of the Tea Ceremony

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Title Page: Daily Practice of the Tea Ceremony

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Lady-in-waiting: Woman of the Hotoku Era (1449-52)

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Composing Poetry: Noblewoman of the An'ei Era (1772-81)

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Composing Poetry: Noblewoman of the An'ei Era (1772-81)

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Kirishima Matsugoro

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Imperial Visit to the Third National Industrial Exhibition in Ueno Park

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Imperial Visit to the Third National Industrial Exhibition in Ueno Park

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Tie-dying in Arimatsu, Owari Province

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Under a Maple Tree

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Spirits of the Pine

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Musashi: Moon at Tatsumi, Lord Tsunayoshi, and Lady Osame

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Shiwasu (December)

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Brown-Eared Bulbul and Rangoon Creeper

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The Story of the Monk Ikkyu and Courtesan Jigoku-dayu

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Sake Gourd with Dish and Butterfly

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The Ghost of Seigen Haunting Sakurahime

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