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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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Inaba Mountain Moon  by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

Inaba Mountain Moon


Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

$2875.00 Fixed Price
Moon of Pure Snow at Asano River by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

Moon of Pure Snow at Asano River


Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

$2625.00 Fixed Price
The Yugao Chapter from 'The Tale of Genji' by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

The Yugao Chapter from 'The Tale of Genji'


Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

$6850.00 Fixed Price
Ishiyama Moon by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

Ishiyama Moon


Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

$850.00 Fixed Price
Gojo Bridge Moon  by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

Gojo Bridge Moon


Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

$450.00 Fixed Price
The Moon of Ogurusu in Yamashiro by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

The Moon of Ogurusu in Yamashiro


Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

$325.00 Fixed Price
The Moon and the Abandoned Old Woman by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

The Moon and the Abandoned Old Woman


Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

$575.00 Fixed Price
Katada Bay Moon by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

Katada Bay Moon


Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

$985.00 Fixed Price
Moon of the Southern Sea by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

Moon of the Southern Sea


Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

$675.00 Fixed Price
Lady Chiyo by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

Lady Chiyo


Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

$675.00 Fixed Price
Shadows of the Pine Branches by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

Shadows of the Pine Branches


Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

$925.00 Fixed Price
The Full Moon Coming with a Challenge by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

The Full Moon Coming with a Challenge


Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

$1150.00 Fixed Price
Mount Tobisu Dawn Moon by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

Mount Tobisu Dawn Moon


Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

$2550.00 Fixed Price
Moon of the Filial Son by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

Moon of the Filial Son


Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

$325.00 Fixed Price
One Hundred Aspects of the Moon Table of Contents by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

One Hundred Aspects of the Moon Table of Contents


Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

$675.00 Fixed Price
Scene from Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami, 1866 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Scene from Sugawara Denju Tenarai Kagami, 1866


Kunichika (1835 - 1900)


Great, bold design
$365.00 Fixed Price
Playing House by Miyagawa Shuntei (1873 - 1914)

Playing House


Miyagawa Shuntei (1873 - 1914)


Charming Children's Customs series
$115.00 Fixed Price
Kato Kiyomasa Subjugating a Fierce Beast in Chosen, circa 1904 by Chinsai Rosetsu (active circa 1890s - 1900s)

Kato Kiyomasa Subjugating a Fierce Beast in Chosen, circa 1904


Chinsai Rosetsu (active circa 1890s - 1900s)

$975.00 Fixed Price
Flower Garland by Miyagawa Shuntei (1873 - 1914)

Flower Garland


Miyagawa Shuntei (1873 - 1914)


Charming Children's Customs series
$95.00 Fixed Price
Game of Juroku Musashi (Sixteen Soldiers) by Miyagawa Shuntei (1873 - 1914)

Game of Juroku Musashi (Sixteen Soldiers)


Miyagawa Shuntei (1873 - 1914)


Charming Children's Customs series
$95.00 Fixed Price
Playing Cards by Miyagawa Shuntei (1873 - 1914)

Playing Cards


Miyagawa Shuntei (1873 - 1914)


Charming Children's Customs series
$95.00 Fixed Price
Senju Kannon Game by Miyagawa Shuntei (1873 - 1914)

Senju Kannon Game


Miyagawa Shuntei (1873 - 1914)


Charming Children's Customs series
$95.00 Fixed Price
Singing and Dancing in the Modern Style, 1878 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Singing and Dancing in the Modern Style, 1878


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

$265.00 Fixed Price
Ichimura Kakitsu IV, 1867 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Ichimura Kakitsu IV, 1867


Kunichika (1835 - 1900)


Fantastic tiger tattoo
$645.00 Fixed Price
Eight Dog Hero Inuyama Dosetsu and Hamaji, 1888 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Eight Dog Hero Inuyama Dosetsu and Hamaji, 1888


Kunichika (1835 - 1900)


Beautiful color and condition
$225.00 Fixed Price
The Seventh Month: Tanabata, 1858 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

The Seventh Month: Tanabata, 1858


Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

$295.00 Fixed Price
The Enpo Era (1673 - 1681) by Kiyochika (1847 - 1915)

The Enpo Era (1673 - 1681)


Kiyochika (1847 - 1915)


Lovely Flower Patterns series, beautifully printed
$725.00 Fixed Price
Bushu, Moon over Ishihama, Taigyu Tower, Inuzaka Shino, No. 40 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Bushu, Moon over Ishihama, Taigyu Tower, Inuzaka Shino, No. 40


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)


Lovely Snow, Moon, Flowers series
$285.00 Fixed Price
Edo, Snow at Yanagi Bridge, Nezumi Kozo as Takasaki Beian and the Clam Seller Sankichi, No. 26 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Edo, Snow at Yanagi Bridge, Nezumi Kozo as Takasaki Beian and the Clam Seller Sankichi, No. 26


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)


Lovely Snow, Moon, Flowers series
$235.00 Fixed Price
Edo, Flowers of Ueno, Mt. Toei Cherry Blossoms Tying, No. 2 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Edo, Flowers of Ueno, Mt. Toei Cherry Blossoms Tying, No. 2


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)


Lovely Snow, Moon, Flowers series
$235.00 Fixed Price
Sansho Dayu, No. 47 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Sansho Dayu, No. 47


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)


Rarely seen Eastern Brocades series
$165.00 Fixed Price
Warding off Evil Spirits, 1896 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Warding off Evil Spirits, 1896


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)


Lovely Chiyoda Palace series
$375.00 Fixed Price
Washing Fruit, 1895 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Washing Fruit, 1895


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)


Lovely Chiyoda Palace series
$375.00 Fixed Price
The Meiji Era (1868 - 1912) by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

The Meiji Era (1868 - 1912)


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

$235.00 Fixed Price
The Meiji Era (1868 - 1912) by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

The Meiji Era (1868 - 1912)


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

$235.00 Fixed Price
The Meiji Era (1868 - 1912) by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

The Meiji Era (1868 - 1912)


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

$235.00 Fixed Price
The Kan'ei Era (1624 - 1644) by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

The Kan'ei Era (1624 - 1644)


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

$235.00 Fixed Price
Scene from Ume Yanagi Sakura no Kagazome, 1873 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Scene from Ume Yanagi Sakura no Kagazome, 1873


Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

$135.00 Fixed Price
Watonai Looking for a Signal, 1863 by Kunihisa II (1832 - 1891)

Watonai Looking for a Signal, 1863


Kunihisa II (1832 - 1891)

$355.00 Fixed Price
A Great Attack in the Snow on the Battery of the Hundred Foot Cliff at Weihaiwei, 1895 by Kokunimasa (1874 - 1944)

A Great Attack in the Snow on the Battery of the Hundred Foot Cliff at Weihaiwei, 1895


Kokunimasa (1874 - 1944)


Great senso-e design!
$285.00 Fixed Price
Buddha Festival by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Buddha Festival


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)


Lovely Chiyoda Palace series
$385.00 Fixed Price
End-of-Year Market Kuchi-e Print, 1907 by Toshimine (1863 - 1934)

End-of-Year Market Kuchi-e Print, 1907


Toshimine (1863 - 1934)


Fine kuchi-e design from a Tokyo estate collection
$175.00 Fixed Price
Wakana Kuchi-e Print, 1908 by Toshikata (1866 - 1908)

Wakana Kuchi-e Print, 1908


Toshikata (1866 - 1908)


Fine kuchi-e design from a Tokyo estate collection
$135.00 Fixed Price
Floating Fragrance of Flowers Kuchi-e Print, 1907 by Kajita Hanko (1870-1917)

Floating Fragrance of Flowers Kuchi-e Print, 1907


Kajita Hanko (1870-1917)


Fine kuchi-e design from a Tokyo estate collection
$195.00 Fixed Price
Whispering Sound Kuchi-e Print, 1900 by Toshikata (1866 - 1908)

Whispering Sound Kuchi-e Print, 1900


Toshikata (1866 - 1908)


Fine kuchi-e design from a Tokyo estate collection
$135.00 Fixed Price
Tangled Hair Kuchi-e Print, 1899 by Tomioka Eisen (1864 - 1905)

Tangled Hair Kuchi-e Print, 1899


Tomioka Eisen (1864 - 1905)


Fine kuchi-e design from a Tokyo estate collection
$175.00 Fixed Price
Banzuin Chobei Kuchi-e Print by Suzuki Kinsen (1867 - 1945)

Banzuin Chobei Kuchi-e Print


Suzuki Kinsen (1867 - 1945)


Fine kuchi-e design from a Tokyo estate collection
$135.00 Fixed Price
Shizuka Kuchi-e Print, 1909 by Kobori Tomoto (1864 - 1931)

Shizuka Kuchi-e Print, 1909


Kobori Tomoto (1864 - 1931)


Fine kuchi-e design from a Tokyo estate collection
$135.00 Fixed Price
The Sound of Insects: Woman of the Kan'en Era (1748 - 1751) by Toshikata (1866 - 1908)

The Sound of Insects: Woman of the Kan'en Era (1748 - 1751)


Toshikata (1866 - 1908)

$175.00 Fixed Price
Muronotsu Courtesan, No. 8 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Muronotsu Courtesan, No. 8


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

$195.00 Fixed Price

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