Posted by Alec W. (126.96.36.199) on December 28, 2021 at 16:43:14:
In Reply to: boshin war satire posted by Francis on December 28, 2021 at 13:45:19:
MFA Boston has this one:
There is also an extensive interpretive article discussing this design over at the Postal Museum (in Japanese, of course):
Mechanical translation of this document produces a pretty rough result, but a few key points are clear...
First, the beginning of the title of print, presented as a shop marquee, is "tokuyō" 徳用, meaning something along the lines of "value-for-money". But the 2nd kanji, 用, is drawn so that it also looks like 川, making it "Tokugawa" instead.
Then there's the diagram explaining who the various figures represent:
A. Ichikaisō seiken 一会桑政権 -- faction consisting of the shogun and the daimyōs of Aizu and Kuwana domains
B. Ōuetsu Reppan Dōmei 奥羽越列藩同盟 -- alliance of domains in Mutsu, Dewa, and Echigo provinces
C. 新政府恭順派 -- new government faction allied with the Imperial Court
D. 政府（岩倉具視、薩摩、長州） -- new government faction of Iwakura Tomomi with Satsuma and Chōshū domains
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