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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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The Ghost of Seigen Haunting Sakurahime, No. 5 by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

The Ghost of Seigen Haunting Sakurahime, No. 5


Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)


Fine Yoshitoshi- Summer Exhibition & Sale
$3320.00
$2656.97
Fixed Price
Fujiwara no Hidesato Shooting the Centipede at the Dragon King's Palace, No. 18 by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

Fujiwara no Hidesato Shooting the Centipede at the Dragon King's Palace, No. 18


Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)


Fine Yoshitoshi- Summer Exhibition & Sale
$3320.00
$2656.97
Fixed Price
The Peony Lantern, No. 27 by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

The Peony Lantern, No. 27


Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)


Fine Yoshitoshi- Summer Exhibition & Sale
$2970.00
$2376.97
Fixed Price
Sunrise: Ichikawa Danjuro IX as Chinzai Hachiro Tametomo, 1876 by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

Sunrise: Ichikawa Danjuro IX as Chinzai Hachiro Tametomo, 1876


Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)


Fine Yoshitoshi- Summer Exhibition & Sale
$2075.00
$1660.97
Fixed Price
Kinezumi Koboshi Kaiden with Lightning, 1866 by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

Kinezumi Koboshi Kaiden with Lightning, 1866


Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)


Fine Yoshitoshi- Summer Exhibition & Sale
$750.00
$600.97
Fixed Price
Fidelity by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

Fidelity


Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)


Fine Yoshitoshi- Summer Exhibition & Sale
$1525.00
$1220.97
Fixed Price
Benevolence by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

Benevolence


Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)


Fine Yoshitoshi- Summer Exhibition & Sale
$1325.00
$1060.97
Fixed Price
Full Moon: Onoe Kikugoro V as Inga Kozo Rokunosuke, 1876 by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

Full Moon: Onoe Kikugoro V as Inga Kozo Rokunosuke, 1876


Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)


Fine Yoshitoshi- Summer Exhibition & Sale
$1975.00
$1580.97
Fixed Price
Wood for the Plum Tree by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

Wood for the Plum Tree


Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)


Fine Yoshitoshi- Summer Exhibition & Sale
$2275.00
$1820.97
Fixed Price
Takeda Shingen by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

Takeda Shingen


Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)


Fine Yoshitoshi- Summer Exhibition & Sale
$1050.00
$840.97
Fixed Price
Hatakeyama Shoji Shigetada Wounded by the Soldiers of His Lord Tokimasa by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

Hatakeyama Shoji Shigetada Wounded by the Soldiers of His Lord Tokimasa


Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)


Fine Yoshitoshi- Summer Exhibition & Sale
$1050.00
$840.97
Fixed Price
The Street at Naka Bridge in Tokyo; Kyo Bridge in Tokyo; Ginza Street in Tokyo, 1868 by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

The Street at Naka Bridge in Tokyo; Kyo Bridge in Tokyo; Ginza Street in Tokyo, 1868


Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)


Fine Yoshitoshi- Summer Exhibition & Sale
$7895.00
$6316.97
Fixed Price
Ono no Yoshifuru Ason Watching a Burning Ship, 1880 by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

Ono no Yoshifuru Ason Watching a Burning Ship, 1880


Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)


Fine Yoshitoshi- Summer Exhibition & Sale
$880.00
$704.97
Fixed Price
Nagazashi Gonji by a Lotus Pond, 1865 by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

Nagazashi Gonji by a Lotus Pond, 1865


Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)


Fine Yoshitoshi- Summer Exhibition & Sale
$1470.00
$1176.97
Fixed Price
The Momoseki Restaurant in the New Yoshi District by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

The Momoseki Restaurant in the New Yoshi District


Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)


Fine Yoshitoshi- Summer Exhibition & Sale
$775.00
$620.97
Fixed Price
A Modern Prince Genji with a Distant View of Yokohama from the Daikokuro Restaurant at Kanagawa, 1864 by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

A Modern Prince Genji with a Distant View of Yokohama from the Daikokuro Restaurant at Kanagawa, 1864


Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)


Fine Yoshitoshi- Summer Exhibition & Sale
$6345.00
$5076.97
Fixed Price
Dancing for the Sun Goddess Amaterasu Omikami, 1879 by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

Dancing for the Sun Goddess Amaterasu Omikami, 1879


Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)


Fine Yoshitoshi- Summer Exhibition & Sale
$1960.00
$1568.97
Fixed Price
The Courtesan Imamurasaki of the Kimpei Daikoku Dancing, 1887 by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

The Courtesan Imamurasaki of the Kimpei Daikoku Dancing, 1887


Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)


Fine Yoshitoshi- Summer Exhibition & Sale
$950.00
$760.97
Fixed Price
Spring: Plums on the First Day of Spring in Hara Village in Ebara District, 1884 by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

Spring: Plums on the First Day of Spring in Hara Village in Ebara District, 1884


Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)


Fine Yoshitoshi- Summer Exhibition & Sale
$2675.00
$1872.96
Fixed Price
Azekura Jushiro Fighting Hinodama no Sangoro, 1867 by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

Azekura Jushiro Fighting Hinodama no Sangoro, 1867


Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)


Fine Yoshitoshi- Summer Exhibition & Sale
$1895.00
$1326.96
Fixed Price
Sagaminokami Hojo Takatoki Fighting Tengu by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

Sagaminokami Hojo Takatoki Fighting Tengu


Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)


Fine Yoshitoshi- Summer Exhibition & Sale
$1155.00
$808.96
Fixed Price
Muraoka of the Konoe Clan Bound with Rope, 1887 by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

Muraoka of the Konoe Clan Bound with Rope, 1887


Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)


Fine Yoshitoshi- Summer Exhibition & Sale
$1050.00
$735.96
Fixed Price
Empress Jingu Lands in Korea, 1879 by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

Empress Jingu Lands in Korea, 1879


Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)


Fine Yoshitoshi- Summer Exhibition & Sale
$2490.00
$1743.96
Fixed Price
Inuyama Dosetsu Tadaoki Flying in Smoke, 1867 by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

Inuyama Dosetsu Tadaoki Flying in Smoke, 1867


Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)


Fine Yoshitoshi- Summer Exhibition & Sale
$775.00
$542.96
Fixed Price
Hahakigi, Chapter 2 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Hahakigi, Chapter 2


Kunichika (1835 - 1900)


Lovely Genji series
Bid: $165.00
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Buy: $235.00
Standard Auction
Bids: 0
Ends: 4d 11h 11m385902
Akashi, Chapter 13 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Akashi, Chapter 13


Kunichika (1835 - 1900)


Lovely Genji series
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Ends: 4d 11h 10m385842
Yugiri, Chapter 39 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Yugiri, Chapter 39


Kunichika (1835 - 1900)


Lovely Genji series
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Ends: 4d 11h 9m385782
Agemaki, Chapter 47 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Agemaki, Chapter 47


Kunichika (1835 - 1900)


Lovely Genji series
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Ends: 4d 11h 8m385722
Hashihime, Chapter 45 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Hashihime, Chapter 45


Kunichika (1835 - 1900)


Lovely Genji series
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Ends: 4d 11h 7m385662
Otome, Chapter 21 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Otome, Chapter 21


Kunichika (1835 - 1900)


Lovely Genji series
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Ukifune, Chapter 51 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Ukifune, Chapter 51


Kunichika (1835 - 1900)


Lovely Genji series
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Ends: 4d 11h 5m385542
Eawase, Chapter 17 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Eawase, Chapter 17


Kunichika (1835 - 1900)


Lovely Genji series
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Ends: 4d 11h 4m385482
Yokobue, Chapter 36 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Yokobue, Chapter 36


Kunichika (1835 - 1900)


Lovely Genji series
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Ends: 4d 11h 3m385422
Wakana no Jo, Chapter 34 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Wakana no Jo, Chapter 34


Kunichika (1835 - 1900)


Lovely Genji series
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Ends: 4d 11h 2m385362
Tenerai, Chapter 53 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Tenerai, Chapter 53


Kunichika (1835 - 1900)


Lovely Genji series
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Ends: 4d 11h 1m385302
Niou no miya, Chapter 42 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Niou no miya, Chapter 42


Kunichika (1835 - 1900)


Lovely Genji series
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Ends: 4d 11h 0m385242
Asagao, Chapter 20 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Asagao, Chapter 20


Kunichika (1835 - 1900)


Lovely Genji series
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Ends: 4d 10h 59m385182
Miotsukushi, Chapter 14 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Miotsukushi, Chapter 14


Kunichika (1835 - 1900)


Lovely Genji series
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Ends: 4d 10h 58m385122
Fujibakama, Chapter 30 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Fujibakama, Chapter 30


Kunichika (1835 - 1900)


Lovely Genji series
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Ends: 4d 10h 57m385062
Fuji Arts Overstock Diptych - Exceptional Bargain! by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Fuji Arts Overstock Diptych - Exceptional Bargain!


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)


Fuji Arts Overstock diptych opening at $39!
Bid: $39.00 Standard Auction
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Ends: 4d 10h 34m383682
Fuji Arts Overstock Diptych - Exceptional Bargain! by Kunisada III (1848 - 1920)

Fuji Arts Overstock Diptych - Exceptional Bargain!


Kunisada III (1848 - 1920)


Fuji Arts Overstock diptych opening at $39!
Bid: $39.00 Standard Auction
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Ends: 4d 10h 33m383622
Fuji Arts Overstock Diptych - Exceptional Bargain! by Kunisada III (1848 - 1920)

Fuji Arts Overstock Diptych - Exceptional Bargain!


Kunisada III (1848 - 1920)


Fuji Arts Overstock diptych opening at $39!
Bid: $39.00 Standard Auction
Bids: 0
Ends: 4d 10h 29m383382
Tsuchigumo (The Earth Spider) by Tsukioka Kogyo (1869 - 1927

Tsuchigumo (The Earth Spider)


Tsukioka Kogyo (1869 - 1927


Best design in the series!
Bid: $390.00
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Ends: 4d 10h 8m382122
Tea Ceremony by Miyagawa Shuntei (1873 - 1914)

Tea Ceremony


Miyagawa Shuntei (1873 - 1914)


Charming Children's Customs series
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Ends: 4d 9h 57m381462
Playing Little Birds by Miyagawa Shuntei (1873 - 1914)

Playing Little Birds


Miyagawa Shuntei (1873 - 1914)


Charming Children's Customs series
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Ends: 4d 9h 56m381402
Visiting a Temple by Miyagawa Shuntei (1873 - 1914)

Visiting a Temple


Miyagawa Shuntei (1873 - 1914)


Charming Children's Customs series
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Ends: 4d 9h 55m381342
Playing in the Field by Miyagawa Shuntei (1873 - 1914)

Playing in the Field


Miyagawa Shuntei (1873 - 1914)


Charming Children's Customs series
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Visiting in the Garden by Miyagawa Shuntei (1873 - 1914)

Visiting in the Garden


Miyagawa Shuntei (1873 - 1914)


Charming Children's Customs series
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Ends: 4d 9h 53m381222
Ohajiki (Marbles) by Miyagawa Shuntei (1873 - 1914)

Ohajiki (Marbles)


Miyagawa Shuntei (1873 - 1914)


Charming Children's Customs series
Bid: $75.00
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Ends: 4d 9h 52m381162
Blind Man's Buff by Miyagawa Shuntei (1873 - 1914)

Blind Man's Buff


Miyagawa Shuntei (1873 - 1914)


Charming Children's Customs series
Bid: $75.00
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Ends: 4d 9h 51m381102

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