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Meiji Era, 1868 - 1912

The Meiji Era marked the end of the feudal system under the shoguns with the restoration of the Emperor to power. The Tokugawa Shogunate ended in 1868, and Prince Mutsuhito became the first Emperor of the Meiji era. The new political system abolished the samurai class, and Japan underwent rapid modernization, embracing Western technology, governance, and social structure.

These changes affected the art of woodblock prints as well. The introduction of new imported synthetic and aniline dyes produced the bright reds and purples common to Meiji era prints. Subject matter also reflected the changing culture, with prints depicting modern stone buildings or new technology such as trains or telephone wires. Other designs reflect the incorporation of Western fashions into society, with accessories such umbrellas, hats, canes, and shoes showing the modernity of the wearer. Some artists also showed a greater interest in Western art techniques such as perspective and shading, elements not seen in earlier Japanese woodblocks.

While kabuki and beauty prints remained popular, contemporary subject matter also included senso-e or (war pictures), most often of the Satsuma Rebellion in 1877 and the Sino-Japanese War of 1894 -1895. Famous artists of the Meiji era include Yoshitoshi, Kunichika, and Chikanobu. Vibrant color and attention to detail characterize the the woodblocks of the Meiji era.

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Onoe Kikugoro V as the Rickshaw Driver Matsu and Bando Shucho II as Omo, 1884 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Onoe Kikugoro V as the Rickshaw Driver Matsu and Bando Shucho II as Omo, 1884


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Bid: $35.00
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Ends: 4h 20m15630
Sawamura Tanosuke IV as Lady Hanako and Suketakya Takasuke as Kyojiya Minosuke, 1884 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Sawamura Tanosuke IV as Lady Hanako and Suketakya Takasuke as Kyojiya Minosuke, 1884


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Bid: $35.00
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Buy: $55.00
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Ends: 4h 19m15570
Stage Debut (Omemie) by Ginko (active 1874 - 1897)

Stage Debut (Omemie)


Ginko (active 1874 - 1897)


Great Events of the Theatrical Year series
Bid: $75.00
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Buy: $95.00
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Ends: 4h 15m15330
Front Door Entertainers (Kido-haori) by Ginko (active 1874 - 1897)

Front Door Entertainers (Kido-haori)


Ginko (active 1874 - 1897)


Great Events of the Theatrical Year series
Bid: $75.00
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Buy: $95.00
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Bids: 0
Ends: 4h 14m15270
Rebel Headquarters at Kawajiri, 1877 by Kyosai (1831 - 1889)

Rebel Headquarters at Kawajiri, 1877


Kyosai (1831 - 1889)

$645.00 Fixed Price
Drawing Tansai (Light Coloring), 1897 by Miyagawa Shuntei (1873 - 1914)

Drawing Tansai (Light Coloring), 1897


Miyagawa Shuntei (1873 - 1914)


Charming Flowers of the Floating World series
$95.00 Fixed Price
Playing Cards, 1897 by Miyagawa Shuntei (1873 - 1914)

Playing Cards, 1897


Miyagawa Shuntei (1873 - 1914)


Charming Flowers of the Floating World series
$95.00 Fixed Price
Child Raising, 1897 by Miyagawa Shuntei (1873 - 1914)

Child Raising, 1897


Miyagawa Shuntei (1873 - 1914)


Charming Flowers of the Floating World series
$95.00 Fixed Price
Visiting Friends, 1897 by Miyagawa Shuntei (1873 - 1914)

Visiting Friends, 1897


Miyagawa Shuntei (1873 - 1914)


Charming Flowers of the Floating World series
$95.00 Fixed Price
Drowsy: the appearance of a harlot of the Meiji era, No. 30 by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

Drowsy: the appearance of a harlot of the Meiji era, No. 30


Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)


Exhibition of the best designs from Yoshitoshi's 32 Aspects of Women
$1275.00 Fixed Price
Marigase Shuya, 1867 by Yoshiiku (1833 - 1904)

Marigase Shuya, 1867


Yoshiiku (1833 - 1904)


Rare Twenty-eight Famous Murders series
$395.00 Fixed Price
Tenjitsubo Hosaku, 1866 by Yoshiiku (1833 - 1904)

Tenjitsubo Hosaku, 1866


Yoshiiku (1833 - 1904)


Rare Twenty-eight Famous Murders series
$325.00 Fixed Price
Itakakoi (Reconstruction) by Ginko (active 1874 - 1897)

Itakakoi (Reconstruction)


Ginko (active 1874 - 1897)


Great Events of the Theatrical Year series
$125.00 Fixed Price
Catching Fireflies: Woman of the Tenmei Era (1781 - 1789) by Toshikata (1866 - 1908)

Catching Fireflies: Woman of the Tenmei Era (1781 - 1789)


Toshikata (1866 - 1908)

$175.00 Fixed Price
Teahouse with Rainhats: Woman of the Kan'ei Era (1624 - 1644) by Toshikata (1866 - 1908)

Teahouse with Rainhats: Woman of the Kan'ei Era (1624 - 1644)


Toshikata (1866 - 1908)

$125.00 Fixed Price
On the Road: Woman of the Genko Era (1331 - 1334) by Toshikata (1866 - 1908)

On the Road: Woman of the Genko Era (1331 - 1334)


Toshikata (1866 - 1908)

$125.00 Fixed Price
Shelter from the Rain: Woman of the Tenna Era (1681 - 1684) by Toshikata (1866 - 1908)

Shelter from the Rain: Woman of the Tenna Era (1681 - 1684)


Toshikata (1866 - 1908)

$125.00 Fixed Price
Kabuki Actors Group Portrait, 1882 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Kabuki Actors Group Portrait, 1882


Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

$165.00 Fixed Price
The Empress and her Retinue Leaving the Palace, 1878 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

The Empress and her Retinue Leaving the Palace, 1878


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

$195.00 Fixed Price
Mikagura Performance by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Mikagura Performance


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

$190.00 Fixed Price
Shofuku: Mother and Child by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Shofuku: Mother and Child


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

$165.00 Fixed Price
Scene from Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura by Kunisada III (1848 - 1920)

Scene from Yoshitsune Senbon Zakura


Kunisada III (1848 - 1920)

$225.00 Fixed Price
Threatening a Samurai with a Broken Bottle, 1867 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Threatening a Samurai with a Broken Bottle, 1867


Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

$225.00 Fixed Price
Girls' Day and Doll Festival by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Girls' Day and Doll Festival


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)


Lovely design with burnished detail
$825.00 Fixed Price
Mirror of the Gods and Emperors of Japan, 1878 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Mirror of the Gods and Emperors of Japan, 1878


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

$385.00 Fixed Price
Three Young People, 1866 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Three Young People, 1866


Kunichika (1835 - 1900)


Great design with dragon kimono and tattoo
$355.00 Fixed Price
Couple and Tattooed Commoner, 1866 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Couple and Tattooed Commoner, 1866


Kunichika (1835 - 1900)


Great tattoo design
$355.00 Fixed Price
Scene from Kujira Obi Nishiki no Shingata, 1867 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Scene from Kujira Obi Nishiki no Shingata, 1867


Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

$95.00 Fixed Price
Scene from Yagura Daiko Oto mo Yoshiwara, 1866 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Scene from Yagura Daiko Oto mo Yoshiwara, 1866


Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

$185.00 Fixed Price
Child Playing Fireman, 1892 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Child Playing Fireman, 1892


Kunichika (1835 - 1900)


Rarely seen Kunichika children's series
$110.00 Fixed Price
Boy Sumo Wrestler, 1893 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Boy Sumo Wrestler, 1893


Kunichika (1835 - 1900)


Rarely seen Kunichika children's series
$110.00 Fixed Price
Fish Market Child, 1892 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Fish Market Child, 1892


Kunichika (1835 - 1900)


Rarely seen Kunichika children's series
$110.00 Fixed Price
Shaving the Head, 1892 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Shaving the Head, 1892


Kunichika (1835 - 1900)


Rarely seen Kunichika children's series
$110.00 Fixed Price
Child Eating Rice, 1893 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Child Eating Rice, 1893


Kunichika (1835 - 1900)


Rarely seen Kunichika children's series
$110.00 Fixed Price
Major General Odera Fighting Bravely at the Hundred Foot Cliff near Weihaiwei, 1895 by Kiyochika (1847 - 1915)

Major General Odera Fighting Bravely at the Hundred Foot Cliff near Weihaiwei, 1895


Kiyochika (1847 - 1915)

$315.00 Fixed Price
Ichikawa Sadanji I as Shimizu Daikaku (above) and Kawarazaki Sansho I as Ishikawa Goemon by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Ichikawa Sadanji I as Shimizu Daikaku (above) and Kawarazaki Sansho I as Ishikawa Goemon


Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

$115.00 Fixed Price
Ichikawa Sadanji I as Hanemasu Yukichi (above), Bando Hikosaburo V as Okubo Hikozaemon, and Nakamura Shikan IV as Abe Bungo no kami by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Ichikawa Sadanji I as Hanemasu Yukichi (above), Bando Hikosaburo V as Okubo Hikozaemon, and Nakamura Shikan IV as Abe Bungo no kami


Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

$115.00 Fixed Price
Kawarazaki Sansho I as Matsuzen'ya Gorozo (above), and Nakamura Shikan IV as Kato Kiyomasa by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Kawarazaki Sansho I as Matsuzen'ya Gorozo (above), and Nakamura Shikan IV as Kato Kiyomasa


Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

$115.00 Fixed Price
Onoe Kikugoro V as Net Fisherman Shichigoro (above), Nakamura Sojuro I as Kisanta, Kawarazaki Sansho I as Kiichi, and Bando Kakitsu as Torazo by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Onoe Kikugoro V as Net Fisherman Shichigoro (above), Nakamura Sojuro I as Kisanta, Kawarazaki Sansho I as Kiichi, and Bando Kakitsu as Torazo


Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

$115.00 Fixed Price
Nakamura Sojuro I as Hanshichi (above), and Kawarazaki Sansho I as Lord Hidetsugu by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Nakamura Sojuro I as Hanshichi (above), and Kawarazaki Sansho I as Lord Hidetsugu


Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

$115.00 Fixed Price
Nakamura Shikan IV as Kunisada Chuji (above), Onoe Kikugoro V as Shicho Goromata, Kawarazaki Sansho I as Shicho Taromata, and Nakamura Sojuro I as Shicho Jiromata by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Nakamura Shikan IV as Kunisada Chuji (above), Onoe Kikugoro V as Shicho Goromata, Kawarazaki Sansho I as Shicho Taromata, and Nakamura Sojuro I as Shicho Jiromata


Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

$115.00 Fixed Price
Onoe Kikugoro V as the Ghost of Okiku (above), Sawamura Tossho II as Izumi Saburo, and Nakamura Juzaburo as Gotobei by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Onoe Kikugoro V as the Ghost of Okiku (above), Sawamura Tossho II as Izumi Saburo, and Nakamura Juzaburo as Gotobei


Kunichika (1835 - 1900)


Great ghost design!
$155.00 Fixed Price
Courtesan and Girl in a Garden, 1862 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Courtesan and Girl in a Garden, 1862


Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

$115.00 Fixed Price
Cherry Blossoms; Chinese Man; Calligraphy; Dancers, 1878 by Kyosai (1831 - 1889) and Hiroshige III (1843 - 1894)

Cherry Blossoms; Chinese Man; Calligraphy; Dancers, 1878


Kyosai (1831 - 1889) and Hiroshige III (1843 - 1894)

$145.00 Fixed Price
Hojo Takatoki Tormented by Tengu, 1887 by Kunisada III (1848 - 1920)

Hojo Takatoki Tormented by Tengu, 1887


Kunisada III (1848 - 1920)


Fantastic supernatural design!
$545.00 Fixed Price
Scene from Momoyama monogatari, 1869 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Scene from Momoyama monogatari, 1869


Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

$195.00 Fixed Price
Samurai in Battle by Meiji era artist (unsigned)

Samurai in Battle


Meiji era artist (unsigned)

$185.00 Fixed Price
Kato Kiyomasa Hunting Tigers by Kokunimasa (1874 - 1944)

Kato Kiyomasa Hunting Tigers


Kokunimasa (1874 - 1944)


Fantastic samurai design, first time offered
$795.00 Fixed Price
Shotaku of Shinagawa-ro and Omatsu of Nakanocho, 1884 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Shotaku of Shinagawa-ro and Omatsu of Nakanocho, 1884


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)


Lovely Multicolored Blossoms series
$195.00 Fixed Price
Hagoromo of Kadoebi-ro and Koiku of Nakanacho, 1884 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Hagoromo of Kadoebi-ro and Koiku of Nakanacho, 1884


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)


Lovely Multicolored Blossoms series
$195.00 Fixed Price

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