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Showing the Flag

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

Showing the Flag

by Utagawa Yoshiiku, 1874


IHL Cat. #408

About This Print

At the top of this "news nishiki-e" is a banner held aloft by two cherubs containing the name of the sponsoring newspaper, the Tokyo nichinichi shinbun 東京日々新聞.  In this print, Japanese celebrate detente with China over the killings of Ryukyuan fishermen who shipwrecked on Taiwan.1

This nishikie was published to celebrate the agreement signed between the governments of Japan and the Qing Dynasty of China concerning Taiwan, which a Japanese expeditionary force had partly occupied in order to punish some Taiwanese who had killed a number of shipwrecked Okinawans. The picture shows the Japanese flag raised, geisha dancing, and men toasting the end of what some Taiwanese and Chinese call the First Sino-Japanese War.2

For a summary of the brief life of nishiki-e shinbun (newspaper color woodblock prints) see the article Nishiki-e shinbun and Newspapers in Meiji Japan.

1 website of William Wetherall www.nishikie.com 
2 Ibid.

The Writer Tentendō Shujin 転々堂 主人

Sources: website of William Wetherall http://www.nishikie.com/almanac/Almanac_whos_who.html

The writer for this print is identified as Tentendo Shujin, a pen name for the writer better known as Takabatake Ransen
高畠藍泉 (1838-1885).  His birth name was Takabatake Heisaburo 高畠瓶三郎.

Takabatake Ransen was a gesaku writer and journalist who joined Tokyo nichinichi shinbun shortly after its start in 1872. He collaborated with Yoshiiku launching the illustrated Hiragana eiri shinbun in 1875.

Japanese Transcription of Text

Source: University of Tokyo website http://t4.iii.u-tokyo.ac.jp/archives/digital_archives/ono_collection/contents/item.6.N040.html [note: website is no longer active]

吾邦(わがくに)清国(しな)と和議(わぎ)なりし。吉報(きつぽう)を得(え)て喜悦(よろこび)の眉(まゆ)を開(ひら)くや
さくらの人。串度(くしど)某氏ハ一家親戚(しんせき)朋友(ほういう)等を招集(うちつど)ひ。旭章(ひのまる)の
国旗(はた)を屋内に飾(かざ)り。宴(ゑん)を設(まふ)けて愉快(ゆくわい)を極め。凱歌(がいか)に換(かへ)る
花走唄(はやりうた)。 (てをうつ) て舞ふ慶賀(けいが)の声ハ。
四百余洲の果(はて)へも響(ひび)かん。
転々堂主人記

Print Details

 IHL Catalog
 #408
 Title or Description  Showing the Flag (八百四十九号 No. 849)
 Newspaper  Tokyo nichinichi shinbun 東京日々新聞
 Artist  Utagawa Yoshiiku (1833-1904)
 Signature
Keisai Yoshiiku (恵斎芳幾)
 Seal  see above - square artist seal reading Yoshiiku 芳幾
 Writer of Text
 Tentendō Shujin
 Publication Date  November 12, 1874
 Publisher
Gusokuya 具足屋 Kahei, Ningyōchō 人形町 [Marks: pub. ref. 085; seal ref. 24-031]
 Carver
Watanabe Horiei 渡辺彫栄
 Impression  excellent
 Colors  excellent
 Condition  poor - unrepaired wormholes throughout, partially backed, trimmed to image top and bottom
 Genre  ukiyo-e; nishiki-e shinbun
 Miscellaneous  
 Format  vertical oban
 H x W Paper
 13 x 9 1/4 in. (33 x 23.5 cm)
 Literature

 Collections This Print
 Waseda University Library 10 08059 0025; The University of Tokyo Digital Archives Ono Hideo Collection N040; Tokyo Metropolitan Library 008-029-16; ARC 国会109-03-038; Hagi Uragami Museum U01166
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