Triumphant Arrival of the Emperor at Shinbashi Station

Kobayashi Kiyochika Japanese

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 231

This triptych created at the height of the Sino-Japanese War (1894–95) imagines the arrival of Japan’s Meiji Emperor at a major train station in the capital of Tokyo. The figures’ military regalia in the foreground and the patriotic display of flags around Tokyo Station in the far-right distance both celebrate military, economic, and industrial modernization, key aspects of Japanese nationalism at the turn of the twentieth century.

Triumphant Arrival of the Emperor at Shinbashi Station, Kobayashi Kiyochika (Japanese, 1847–1915), Triptych of woodblock prints; ink and color on paper, Japan

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