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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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Streetwalker in Autumn Moonlight by Yoshitoshi (active circa 1840 - 1880)

Streetwalker in Autumn Moonlight


Yoshitoshi (active circa 1840 - 1880)


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Dawn Moon and Tumbling Snow by Yoshitoshi (active circa 1840 - 1880)

Dawn Moon and Tumbling Snow


Yoshitoshi (active circa 1840 - 1880)


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Katada Bay Moon by Yoshitoshi (active circa 1840 - 1880)

Katada Bay Moon


Yoshitoshi (active circa 1840 - 1880)


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Gen'i in Thought by Yoshitoshi (active circa 1840 - 1880)

Gen'i in Thought


Yoshitoshi (active circa 1840 - 1880)


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The Moon of the Moor by Yoshitoshi (active circa 1840 - 1880)

The Moon of the Moor


Yoshitoshi (active circa 1840 - 1880)


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Doll Festival Kuchi-e Print, 1903 by Tomioka Eisen (1864 - 1905)

Doll Festival Kuchi-e Print, 1903


Tomioka Eisen (1864 - 1905)


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No. 11, Jiang Shi: A Miraculous Spring, 1890 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

No. 11, Jiang Shi: A Miraculous Spring, 1890


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)


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No. 10, Tanzi: He Fed His Parent's Doe's Milk, 1890 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

No. 10, Tanzi: He Fed His Parent's Doe's Milk, 1890


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)


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Scene from Bancho Sarayashiki by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Scene from Bancho Sarayashiki


Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

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Tokoton Yare Bushi, The Current Fashion, 1868 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Tokoton Yare Bushi, The Current Fashion, 1868


Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

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Lady-in-waiting Iwafuji, 1867 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Lady-in-waiting Iwafuji, 1867


Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

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Memorial Portrait of Bando Kakitsu I with His Foster Father Bando Hikosaburo, 1893 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Memorial Portrait of Bando Kakitsu I with His Foster Father Bando Hikosaburo, 1893


Kunichika (1835 - 1900)


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Memorial Portrait of Otani Hiroji by Kunisada III (1848 - 1920)

Memorial Portrait of Otani Hiroji


Kunisada III (1848 - 1920)


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Scene from Sugawara denju tenarai kagami, 1862 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Scene from Sugawara denju tenarai kagami, 1862


Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

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Beauty in an Interior by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Beauty in an Interior


Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

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Ichikawa Danjuro as a Palace Lady-in-waiting by Chikashige (active circa 1869 - 1882)

Ichikawa Danjuro as a Palace Lady-in-waiting


Chikashige (active circa 1869 - 1882)

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Senkichi and Sanshi Playing New Year's Day Games by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Senkichi and Sanshi Playing New Year's Day Games


Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

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Courtesan Komurasaki with Attendant in a Breezy Restaurant, 1881 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Courtesan Komurasaki with Attendant in a Breezy Restaurant, 1881


Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

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Playing Koto and Shamisen, 1881 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Playing Koto and Shamisen, 1881


Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

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Greeting Guests to the First Serving of Tea, 1897 by Toshikata (1866 - 1908)

Greeting Guests to the First Serving of Tea, 1897


Toshikata (1866 - 1908)

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Beauty with a Sake Cup, 1871 by Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

Beauty with a Sake Cup, 1871


Kunichika (1835 - 1900)

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Scene from Hikosan Gongen Chikai no Sukedachi by Yoshitaki (1841 - 1899)

Scene from Hikosan Gongen Chikai no Sukedachi


Yoshitaki (1841 - 1899)


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Crane Hunting by Yoshitaki (1841 - 1899)

Crane Hunting


Yoshitaki (1841 - 1899)


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Scene from Aikikiyo karigane gomon, 1870 by Yoshitaki (1841 - 1899)

Scene from Aikikiyo karigane gomon, 1870


Yoshitaki (1841 - 1899)


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Couple at the Water's Edge by Yoshitaki (1841 - 1899)

Couple at the Water's Edge


Yoshitaki (1841 - 1899)


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Beauty with a Scroll between Her Teeth by Yoshitaki (1841 - 1899)

Beauty with a Scroll between Her Teeth


Yoshitaki (1841 - 1899)


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Young Packhorse Driver Sankichi, the Widow Otaka, and Yakko by Yoshitaki (1841 - 1899)

Young Packhorse Driver Sankichi, the Widow Otaka, and Yakko


Yoshitaki (1841 - 1899)


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Ichikawa Udanji I as Yakko Minesuke and Jitsukawa Ensaburo as Oguri Hangan by Yoshitaki (1841 - 1899)

Ichikawa Udanji I as Yakko Minesuke and Jitsukawa Ensaburo as Oguri Hangan


Yoshitaki (1841 - 1899)


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Scene from Onna Saruhiki by Meiji era artist (unsigned)

Scene from Onna Saruhiki


Meiji era artist (unsigned)


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Prayed and Found a Spiritual Spring by Ginko (active 1874 - 1897)

Prayed and Found a Spiritual Spring


Ginko (active 1874 - 1897)


Great Japanese History series, beautiful color and detail
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Princess Chujo by Ginko (active 1874 - 1897)

Princess Chujo


Ginko (active 1874 - 1897)


Great Japanese History series, beautiful color and detail
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Fishermen Pulling a Golden Statue of Buddha from the Miyato River by Ginko (active 1874 - 1897)

Fishermen Pulling a Golden Statue of Buddha from the Miyato River


Ginko (active 1874 - 1897)


Great Japanese History series, beautiful color and detail
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Kose Kanaoka Paints a Picture of Shakyamuni Buddha by Ginko (active 1874 - 1897)

Kose Kanaoka Paints a Picture of Shakyamuni Buddha


Ginko (active 1874 - 1897)


Great Japanese History series, beautiful color and detail
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Wake no Kiyomaro Accusing Yuke no Dokyo by Ginko (active 1874 - 1897)

Wake no Kiyomaro Accusing Yuke no Dokyo


Ginko (active 1874 - 1897)


Great Japanese History series, beautiful color and detail
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Ariwara no Yukihira by Ginko (active 1874 - 1897)

Ariwara no Yukihira


Ginko (active 1874 - 1897)


Great Japanese History series, beautiful color and detail
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Sakanoue Tamuramaru by Ginko (active 1874 - 1897)

Sakanoue Tamuramaru


Ginko (active 1874 - 1897)


Great Japanese History series, beautiful color and detail
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Minamoto no Yorinobu by Ginko (active 1874 - 1897)

Minamoto no Yorinobu


Ginko (active 1874 - 1897)


Great Japanese History series, beautiful color and detail
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Ki no Tsurayuki by Ginko (active 1874 - 1897)

Ki no Tsurayuki


Ginko (active 1874 - 1897)


Great Japanese History series, beautiful color and detail
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Morito Attacking an Elderly Woman by Ginko (active 1874 - 1897)

Morito Attacking an Elderly Woman


Ginko (active 1874 - 1897)


Great Japanese History series, beautiful color and detail
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Kamakura Gongoro Kagemasa Shot in the Eye with an Arrow by Ginko (active 1874 - 1897)

Kamakura Gongoro Kagemasa Shot in the Eye with an Arrow


Ginko (active 1874 - 1897)


Great Japanese History series, beautiful color and detail
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Rokusonno Tsunemoto (Minamoto no Tsunemoto) Shooting a Demon in the Form of a Stag by Ginko (active 1874 - 1897)

Rokusonno Tsunemoto (Minamoto no Tsunemoto) Shooting a Demon in the Form of a Stag


Ginko (active 1874 - 1897)


Great Japanese History series, beautiful color and detail
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Victory of the Japanese Army; Qing Dynasty Representatives in Talks, 1895 by Kokunimasa (1874 - 1944)

Victory of the Japanese Army; Qing Dynasty Representatives in Talks, 1895


Kokunimasa (1874 - 1944)

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The Battle of Pyongyang, 1894 by Toshimasa (active circa 1894)

The Battle of Pyongyang, 1894


Toshimasa (active circa 1894)

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Sergeant Kawasaki Crossing the Taidong River Alone, 1894 by Meiji era artist (unsigned)

Sergeant Kawasaki Crossing the Taidong River Alone, 1894


Meiji era artist (unsigned)

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Advance and Great Victory at Fenghuangcheng, 1894 by Ginko (active 1874 - 1897)

Advance and Great Victory at Fenghuangcheng, 1894


Ginko (active 1874 - 1897)

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The Second Army's Fierce Battle at Lushunkou, 1894 by Kokunimasa (1874 - 1944)

The Second Army's Fierce Battle at Lushunkou, 1894


Kokunimasa (1874 - 1944)

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Night Battle during the Sino-Japanese War, 1894 by Kokunimasa (1874 - 1944)

Night Battle during the Sino-Japanese War, 1894


Kokunimasa (1874 - 1944)

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Scouting out the Enemy Situation near Denshodai, circa 1894 by Kiyochika (1847 - 1915)

Scouting out the Enemy Situation near Denshodai, circa 1894


Kiyochika (1847 - 1915)

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Land and Sea Attack on Weihaiwei, 1895 by Toshiaki (1864 - 1921)

Land and Sea Attack on Weihaiwei, 1895


Toshiaki (1864 - 1921)

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First Sino-Japanese War: The Late General Odera Yasuzumi, 1895 by Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

First Sino-Japanese War: The Late General Odera Yasuzumi, 1895


Chikanobu (1838 - 1912)

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