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Meiji Period Art

  • The art of the Meiji period (1868-1912) was marked by a division between European and traditional Japanese styles.
  • The Yōga style painters formed the Meiji Bijutsukai (Meiji Fine Arts Society) to hold its own exhibitions and to promote a renewed interest in western art.
  • This essay certainly encouraged the economic and technological rise of Japan in the Meiji period, but it also may have laid the intellectual foundations for later Japanese colonialism in the region.
  • The early 20th century was not only a time of continued assimilation of Western art forms and philosophies but also a period in which traditional Japanese forms sought and achieved a new interpretive voice.
  • One of the main modes of Japanese export during the Meiji period was through the World's Fairs and Expositions that were held every few years in the West at that time.
  • Two rare Japanese Izumo clay dolls of Emperor and Tenjin, Nara Prefecture, Meiji period.
  • There are, in addition, substantive investigations of the cultural and intellectual background that helped stimulate the creation of new and shifting art forms, including chapters on the invention of a modern artistic vocabulary in the Japanese language and the history of art criticism in Japan, as well as an extensive account of the career and significance of perhaps the best-known Japanese figure concerned with the visual arts of his period, Okakura Kakuzō (Tenshin).
  • Ronin Gallery is pleased to present a collection of 22 works by the Meiji period artist Yukawa Shodo.

Edo Meiji Period Japan

  • Han : The Japanese historical term for the estate of a warrior after the 12th century or of a daimyō (feudal lord) in the Edo period (1603-1868) and early Meiji period (1868-1912).
  • The principal foreign policy goals of the Meiji period (1868-1912) were to protect the integrity and independence of Japan against Western domination, including gaining international respect through the modernization and expansion of the military.
  • The Tokugawa (or Edo) period brought 250 years of stability to Japan.
  • Throughout the Meiji period, conflicts arose over how much Japan should emulate or borrow from the Western powers.
  • The beginning of the Edo period coincides with the last decades of the Nanban trade period during which intense interaction with European powers, on the economic and religious plane, took place.
  • Under the new Meiji government, Omura, regarded today as the father of the modern Japanese army, was appointed to the post equivalent to vice minister of war.
  • Only consisting of five short clauses, it outlines the goals of Japanese modernization during Meiji ruleoften considered the first constitution of "modern" Japan.
  • The Meiji era marked Japan's Industrial Revolution, wherein it quickly took advantage of the influx of Western knowledge to develop railroads, factories, and schools across the country where Western learning, taught by Westerners, was the basis of the education system.
  • Rarely are all the finest elements of small design more fully realized than in Edo and Meiji era Japanese Netsuke carvings.
  • He ended Sankin Kotai, the system of alternate attendance in Edo, thereby weakening the shogun's control of Japan's daimyo class.

Meiji Period 1868

  • In a wider context, however, the Meiji Restoration of 1868 came to be identified with the subsequent era of major political, economic, and social change--the Meiji period (1868-1912)--that brought about the modernization and Westernization of the country.
  • The Meiji period ( 明治時代, Meiji-jidai ), also known as the Meiji era, is a Japanese era which extended from October 23, 1868, to July 30, 1912.
  • The death of the emperor Meiji in 1912 marked the end of the period, although several of the important Meiji leaders carried on as elder statesmen ( genro ) in the new regime (1912-26) of the Taishō emperor.
  • Oil painting was introduced to Japan in the Meiji Period and practised by Kawakami Togai and Takahashi Yuichi, ironically at a time when Western appreciation of Japanese traditional art was very high.
  • The Meiji Restoration was a chain of events, triggered by an internal crisis and strong anti-Western sentiments, that ended the Edo period and thus the rule of the Tokugawa shogunate and restored practical imperial rule to Japan in 1868 under Emperor Meiji.
  • The fall of Edo in 1868 marked the end of the Tokugawa shogunate, and a new era, Meiji, was proclaimed.
  • It was only during the early Meiji period - a little more than two decades or so - that the concept of kokumin (usually translated as "citizen", more literally "country-person") entered the popular vocabulary for the first time in Japanese history.
  • The second part of this essay analyzes the possible causes of three significant disturbances that arose in the Meiji Reform period: (1) dissatisfaction of the samurai, (2) development of Japan as a nation-state, and (3) the extent of Japan's borrowing from the West.

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