Re: boshin war satire


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Posted by Alec W. (2.25.206.218) 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:

https://data.ukiyo-e.org/uploads/images/386405eed1c4dde4003fb9d3e2403a0f.jpg

MFA Boston has this one:

https://collections.mfa.org/objects/460644

There is also an extensive interpretive article discussing this design over at the Postal Museum (in Japanese, of course):

https://www.postalmuseum.jp/publication/research/research_11_10.pdf

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

Other impressions:

https://dl.ndl.go.jp/info:ndljp/pid/1310795?tocOpened=1
https://bunka.nii.ac.jp/heritages/heritagebig/253989/0/1
https://www.harashobo.com/ukiyoe/ukiyoe_detail.php?print_id=35002

-A


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