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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 a Priest of Emmein Temple and the Late Iwai Hanshiro as Okoro, 1893 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Onoe Kikugoro V as a Priest of Emmein Temple and the Late Iwai Hanshiro as Okoro, 1893


Kunichika (1835 - 1900)


Opening at $25 only! Any high bid wins, values to $1,000!
Bid: $77.00 Standard Auction
Bids: 4
Ends: 6h 43m24232
Threatening a Commoner at a Shrine, 1883 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Threatening a Commoner at a Shrine, 1883


Kunichika (1835 - 1900)


Opening at $25 only! Any high bid wins, values to $1,000!
Bid: $81.00 Standard Auction
Bids: 5
Ends: 6h 28m23332
Scene from Senzai Soga Genji no Ishizue, 1885 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Scene from Senzai Soga Genji no Ishizue, 1885


Kunichika (1835 - 1900)


Opening at $25 only! Any high bid wins, values to $1,000!
Bid: $101.00 Standard Auction
Bids: 13
Ends: 6h 27m23272
Winter Stroll, 1897 by Miyagawa Shuntei (1873 - 1914)

Winter Stroll, 1897


Miyagawa Shuntei (1873 - 1914)


Opening at $25 only! Any high bid wins, values to $1,000!
Bid: $36.00 Standard Auction
Bids: 2
Ends: 6h 21m22912
Jurojin: Onoe Kikugoro as the White Sake Seller, 1886 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Jurojin: Onoe Kikugoro as the White Sake Seller, 1886


Kunichika (1835 - 1900)


Opening at $25 only! Any high bid wins, values to $1,000!
Bid: $40.00 Standard Auction
Bids: 5
Ends: 6h 20m22852
Scene from Kokusenya Kassen, 1887 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Scene from Kokusenya Kassen, 1887


Kunichika (1835 - 1900)


Opening at $25 only! Any high bid wins, values to $1,000!
Bid: $101.00 Standard Auction
Bids: 5
Ends: 6h 19m22792
Ichikawa Gonjuro as Kato Kiyomasa, 1885 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Ichikawa Gonjuro as Kato Kiyomasa, 1885


Kunichika (1835 - 1900)


Opening at $25 only! Any high bid wins, values to $1,000!
Bid: $25.00 Standard Auction
Bids: 1
Ends: 6h 17m22672
Scabbards Brushing in the Yoshiwara, 1885 by Kunisada III (1848 - 1920)

Scabbards Brushing in the Yoshiwara, 1885


Kunisada III (1848 - 1920)


Opening at $25 only! Any high bid wins, values to $1,000!
Bid: $79.00 Standard Auction
Bids: 6
Ends: 6h 16m22612
The Village School Scene from Sugawara Denju Tenerai Kagami, 1888 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

The Village School Scene from Sugawara Denju Tenerai Kagami, 1888


Kunichika (1835 - 1900)


Opening at $25 only! Any high bid wins, values to $1,000!
Bid: $88.00 Standard Auction
Bids: 9
Ends: 6h 15m22552
Hit Play at the Shintomiza, 1884 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Hit Play at the Shintomiza, 1884


Kunichika (1835 - 1900)


Opening at $25 only! Any high bid wins, values to $1,000!
Bid: $83.00 Standard Auction
Bids: 8
Ends: 6h 14m22492
Scene from Kagamiyama wakaba no momiji, 1889 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Scene from Kagamiyama wakaba no momiji, 1889


Kunichika (1835 - 1900)


Opening at $25 only! Any high bid wins, values to $1,000!
Bid: $60.00 Standard Auction
Bids: 5
Ends: 6h 13m22432
The River Opening Celebration at Ryogoku Bridge in Tokyo, circa 1871 by Yoshiiku (1833 - 1904)

The River Opening Celebration at Ryogoku Bridge in Tokyo, circa 1871


Yoshiiku (1833 - 1904)


Opening at $25 only! Any high bid wins, values to $1,000!
Bid: $151.00 Standard Auction
Bids: 7
Ends: 6h 12m22372
Viewing a Waterfall: Women of the Jokyo Era (1684 - 1688) by Toshikata (1866 - 1908)

Viewing a Waterfall: Women of the Jokyo Era (1684 - 1688)


Toshikata (1866 - 1908)

Bid: $100.00
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Buy: $145.00
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Ends: 5h 42m20572
Low Tide: Women of the Bunka Era (1804 - 1818) by Toshikata (1866 - 1908)

Low Tide: Women of the Bunka Era (1804 - 1818)


Toshikata (1866 - 1908)

Bid: $100.00
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Ends: 5h 41m20512
Out for a Stroll: Woman of the Meireki Era (1655 - 1658) by Toshikata (1866 - 1908)

Out for a Stroll: Woman of the Meireki Era (1655 - 1658)


Toshikata (1866 - 1908)

Bid: $100.00
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Ends: 5h 40m20452
Female Peddler: Woman of the Bunnan Era (1444 - 1449) by Toshikata (1866 - 1908)

Female Peddler: Woman of the Bunnan Era (1444 - 1449)


Toshikata (1866 - 1908)

Bid: $100.00
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Ends: 5h 39m20392
Gathering Mushrooms: Women of the Shotoku Era (1711 - 1716) by Toshikata (1866 - 1908)

Gathering Mushrooms: Women of the Shotoku Era (1711 - 1716)


Toshikata (1866 - 1908)

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Ends: 5h 38m20332
Teashop Waitress: Woman of the Horeki Era (1751 - 1764) by Toshikata (1866 - 1908)

Teashop Waitress: Woman of the Horeki Era (1751 - 1764)


Toshikata (1866 - 1908)

Bid: $100.00
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Buy: $145.00
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Bids: 0
Ends: 5h 37m20272
Iris: Women of the Enpo Era (1673 - 1681) by Toshikata (1866 - 1908)

Iris: Women of the Enpo Era (1673 - 1681)


Toshikata (1866 - 1908)

Bid: $95.00
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Buy: $140.00
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Bids: 0
Ends: 5h 36m20212
A Shop: Woman of the Kosho Era (1455 - 1457) by Toshikata (1866 - 1908)

A Shop: Woman of the Kosho Era (1455 - 1457)


Toshikata (1866 - 1908)

Bid: $95.00
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Bids: 0
Ends: 5h 35m20152
Playing with a Ball: Women of the Keicho Era (1596 - 1615) by Toshikata (1866 - 1908)

Playing with a Ball: Women of the Keicho Era (1596 - 1615)


Toshikata (1866 - 1908)

Bid: $95.00
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Bids: 0
Ends: 5h 34m20092
Looking at Theaters: Women of the Joo Era (1652 - 1655) by Toshikata (1866 - 1908)

Looking at Theaters: Women of the Joo Era (1652 - 1655)


Toshikata (1866 - 1908)

Bid: $95.00
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Ends: 5h 33m20032
Excursion to the Mountains: Women of the Kyoho Era (1716 - 1736) by Toshikata (1866 - 1908)

Excursion to the Mountains: Women of the Kyoho Era (1716 - 1736)


Toshikata (1866 - 1908)

Bid: $95.00
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Ends: 5h 32m19972
The Fourth Month: Woman of the Enkyo Era (1744 - 1748) by Toshikata (1866 - 1908)

The Fourth Month: Woman of the Enkyo Era (1744 - 1748)


Toshikata (1866 - 1908)

Bid: $95.00
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Ends: 5h 31m19912
Enjoying the Doll Festival: Women of the Bunkyu Era (1861 - 1864) by Toshikata (1866 - 1908)

Enjoying the Doll Festival: Women of the Bunkyu Era (1861 - 1864)


Toshikata (1866 - 1908)

Bid: $95.00
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Bids: 0
Ends: 5h 30m19852
New Year Charm in the Shape of a Love Letter: Woman of the Genroku Era (1688 - 1704) by Toshikata (1866 - 1908)

New Year Charm in the Shape of a Love Letter: Woman of the Genroku Era (1688 - 1704)


Toshikata (1866 - 1908)

Bid: $85.00
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Bids: 0
Ends: 5h 29m19792
Shirabyoshi Dancer: Woman of the Kenkyu Era (1190 - 1199) by Toshikata (1866 - 1908)

Shirabyoshi Dancer: Woman of the Kenkyu Era (1190 - 1199)


Toshikata (1866 - 1908)

$125.00 Fixed Price
Kabuki Theater Sugoroku Game Board, 1883 by Kunitoshi (1847 - 1899)

Kabuki Theater Sugoroku Game Board, 1883


Kunitoshi (1847 - 1899)


Rare, large format game board
Bid: $335.00
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Buy: $415.00
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Bids: 0
Ends: 4h 43m17032
Bird beside a Rock by Zeshin (1807 - 1891)

Bird beside a Rock


Zeshin (1807 - 1891)

Bid: $80.00
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Bids: 0
Ends: 4h 34m16492
Sparrow and Falling Cherry Blossom Petals by Zeshin (1807 - 1891)

Sparrow and Falling Cherry Blossom Petals


Zeshin (1807 - 1891)

Bid: $80.00 Standard Auction
Bids: 1
Ends: 4h 33m16432
Seated Beauty by Zeshin (1807 - 1891)

Seated Beauty


Zeshin (1807 - 1891)

Bid: $80.00
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Buy: $110.00
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Bids: 0
Ends: 4h 32m16372
Kinugasa Myojin, 1889 by Meiji era artist (not read)

Kinugasa Myojin, 1889


Meiji era artist (not read)

Bid: $80.00
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Buy: $110.00
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Bids: 0
Ends: 4h 31m16312
The Fever of Taira no Kiyomori, 1883 by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

The Fever of Taira no Kiyomori, 1883


Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

Bid: $5895.00
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Buy: $6975.00
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Ends: 4h 30m16252
Ushiwaka and Benkei Dueling on Gojo Bridge: An Episode from the Chronicles of Yoshitsune, 1881 by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

Ushiwaka and Benkei Dueling on Gojo Bridge: An Episode from the Chronicles of Yoshitsune, 1881


Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

Bid: $7595.00
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Buy: $9115.00
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Ends: 4h 29m16192
Summer: Women Bathing at the Daishoro Flower Garden in Nezu, 1883 by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

Summer: Women Bathing at the Daishoro Flower Garden in Nezu, 1883


Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)


Beautiful hot springs triptych
Bid: $4595.00
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Buy: $5515.00
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Ends: 4h 28m16132
Kingo Chunagon Hideaki Looking up at a Ghost, 1868 by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

Kingo Chunagon Hideaki Looking up at a Ghost, 1868


Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

Bid: $1540.00
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Buy: $1850.00
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Ends: 4h 27m16072
Obata Sukerokuro Nobuyo Commits Seppuku at Omiji Temple, 1868 by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

Obata Sukerokuro Nobuyo Commits Seppuku at Omiji Temple, 1868


Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892)

Bid: $1540.00
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Buy: $1850.00
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Ends: 4h 26m16012
Re Brigade, Ninth Group, Nezu: Kawarazaki Gonjuro I as Kawabata Denkichi, 1863 by Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892) and Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)

Re Brigade, Ninth Group, Nezu: Kawarazaki Gonjuro I as Kawabata Denkichi, 1863


Yoshitoshi (1839 - 1892) and Toyokuni III/Kunisada (1786 - 1864)


Rare Yoshitoshi fireman
Bid: $950.00
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Buy: $1140.00
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Ends: 4h 25m15952
Ichikawa Danjuro as Yasuna, a Fisherman, the Goddess Benten, and the Heron Maiden, 1886 by Kunisada III (1786 - 1864)

Ichikawa Danjuro as Yasuna, a Fisherman, the Goddess Benten, and the Heron Maiden, 1886


Kunisada III (1786 - 1864)

Bid: $115.00
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Buy: $165.00
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Bids: 0
Ends: 4h 21m15712
Sawamura Tossho II as Sutewakamaru by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Sawamura Tossho II as Sutewakamaru


Kunichika (1835 - 1900)


Great design!
Bid: $155.00
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Buy: $215.00
Standard Auction
Bids: 0
Ends: 4h 20m15652
The Fifth Month: Ichikawa Kuzo as Imagawa Yoshimoto by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

The Fifth Month: Ichikawa Kuzo as Imagawa Yoshimoto


Kunichika (1835 - 1900)


Nice series!
Bid: $85.00 Standard Auction
Bids: 1
Ends: 4h 19m15592
Horse Racing at Ueno, Tokyo, 1884 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Horse Racing at Ueno, Tokyo, 1884


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

Bid: $200.00
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Buy: $250.00
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Bids: 0
Ends: 4h 8m14932
Imperialism in Ancient and Modern Times at a Glance by Hayakawa Shozan (1850 - 1892)

Imperialism in Ancient and Modern Times at a Glance


Hayakawa Shozan (1850 - 1892)

Bid: $150.00
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Buy: $210.00
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Ends: 4h 7m14872
Military Display in Nagoya, 1888 by Hirokuni (active Meiji era)

Military Display in Nagoya, 1888


Hirokuni (active Meiji era)

Bid: $60.00
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Buy: $80.00
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Ends: 4h 6m14812
Soldiers at Attention by Meiji era artist (unsigned)

Soldiers at Attention


Meiji era artist (unsigned)

Bid: $40.00
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Ends: 4h 5m14752
Snow on the Sumida River, Dawn of the New Year, 1863 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Snow on the Sumida River, Dawn of the New Year, 1863


Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Bid: $315.00
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Buy: $385.00
Standard Auction
Bids: 0
Ends: 4h 0m14452
The Subscription List, 1887 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

The Subscription List, 1887


Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Bid: $100.00 Standard Auction
Bids: 1
Ends: 3h 59m14392
Samurai with a Gun by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Samurai with a Gun


Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Bid: $115.00
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Buy: $165.00
Standard Auction
Bids: 0
Ends: 3h 58m14332
Ichimura Kakitsu IV, 1865 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Ichimura Kakitsu IV, 1865


Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Bid: $35.00
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Buy: $55.00
Standard Auction
Bids: 0
Ends: 3h 57m14272
Gosh Ogi Soga no Toshigami, 1870 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Gosh Ogi Soga no Toshigami, 1870


Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Bid: $45.00
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Buy: $65.00
Standard Auction
Bids: 0
Ends: 3h 56m14212

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