Illustration of the Emperor and Empress Arriving at the Third National Industrial Exhibition

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

Illustration of the Emperor and Empress Arriving

for the Opening of the

Third National Industrial Exhibition

by Kojima Shôgetsu, 1890


IHL Cat. #79

About This Print

The emperor and empress are shown arriving at the Third National Industrial Exhibition in Ueno Park.  The print was made in anticipation of the event as it pre-dates the April opening.

Five industrial expositions were held in Japan during the Meiji era, the first three in Ueno Park, Tokyo (1877, 1881, 1890), and the last two respectively in Kyoto (1895) and Osaka (1903).  Printmakers were quick to create images of the domestic expositions to be sold as souvenirs.

Also see the article Prints of the Emperor Meiji and Empress Haruko.  For another print showing the royal family arriving at the exhibition see A Picture of Ueno-koen Park Exhibition Royal Visit

The Third National Industrial Exhibition

Source: Japan Goes to the World's Fairs: Japanese Art at the Great Expositions in Europe and the United States 1867-1904, Los Angeles County Museum, 2005, p. 52.
The government's original intent was to hold large domestic exhibitions every four years, which would have meant holding an exhibition in 1885; in fact, however, the third exhibition was not held until 1890.  It took place in Ueno Park from April 1 through July 30.  The exhibition included a main hall, art museum, agriculture hall, animal husbandry hall, aquarium, and machinery hall.  The exhibition also featured Japan's first electric train, which was set up to run around the perimeter of the site.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog
 #79
 Title or Description Illustration of the Emperor and Empress Arriving for the Opening of the Third National Industrial Exhibition
 Artist  Kojima Shōgetsu (1870–1900)
 Signature
shū Shōgetsu 東川松月
 Seal  artist's unread rectangular red seal
 Publication Date March 1890 (Meiji 23)
 Publisher
猶葉周平 Yūba Shūhei [not listed in Marks]

 Carver
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition fair –  full-size sheets joined at seams; wrinkling and folds throughout
 Genre kaika-e
 Miscellaneous  
 Format vertical oban triptych
 H x W Paper
 14 1/2 x 28 1/4 in. (36.8 x 71.8 cm)
 Literature

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last revision:
1/3/2019
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