A True Account of the Satsuma Rebellion in Kagoshima, Number 8

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

A True Account of the Satsuma Rebellion in Kagoshima Number 8

by Utagawa Yoshimine, 1877

Utagawa Yoshimine (active c. 1855-1877)

IHL Cat. #709

About This Print

Print number 8 in a series of woodblock prints issued as newspaper supplements providing "true accounts" of the Satsuma Rebellion (Seinan War).  The red cartouche to the left of the army officer brandishing his sword calls out General Ōyama, but whether it is General Ōyama Tsunayoshi or General Ōyama Iwao, both of who fought in the war, is unclear to me.  The text makes reference to violent & difficult battles, the use of bamboo to hold ammunition, as well as “fire flowers” (sparks, discharge).

For a summary of the brief life of nishiki-e shinbun (newspaper color woodblock prints) see the articleNishiki-e shinbun and Newspapers in Meiji Japan. To view other prints depicting the Satsuma Rebellion see the article Satsuma Rebellion and Saigō Takamori Prints.

Two Other Prints in the Series

Number 5 from the series 
Number 9 from the series

Print Details

 IHL Catalog
 Title or Description A True Account of the Satsuma Rebellion in Kagoshima 8
 Kagoshima-ken Seinan jikki hachi
 鹿兒島縣 西南實記 八 [鹿児島県 西南実記 八] 
 Artist Utagawa Yoshimine (active c. 1855-1877)
 Signature not signed
玉亭 Gyokutei
 Publication Date April 18, 1877
 Publisher 浅井金治良 Asai Kinjirō [Marks: seal not shown; pub. ref. 018]
 Impression excellent
 Colors good - oxidation of orange pigment
 Condition good- full-size and unbacked; minor wrinkling
 Genre nishiki-e shinbun
 Format horizontal ōban
 H x W Paper 
 9 7/8 x 14 5/16 in. (25.1 x 36.4 cm)
 H x W Image 9 7/8 x 13 7/8 in. (25.1 x 35.2 cm)

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