Japan and Britain after 1859: Creating Cultural Bridges by Olive Checkland

By Olive Checkland

Within the years following Japan's lengthy interval of self-imposed isolation from the realm, Japan built a brand new dating with the West, and particularly with Britain, the place kinfolk grew to become relatively shut. the japanese, embarrassed by way of their perceived comparative backwardness, appeared to the West to benefit sleek business recommendations, together with the layout and engineering talents which underpinned them. even as, taking nice satisfaction of their personal tradition, they exhibited and bought prime quality items of conventional jap craftsmanship within the West, stimulating a thirst for, and appreciation of, jap arts and crafts. This booklet examines the two-way bridge-building cultural trade which came about among Japan and Britain within the years after 1859 and into the early years of the 20 th century. themes coated comprise structure, business layout, prints, portray and images, including a attention of eastern executive coverage, the Japan-Britain Exhibition of 1910, and advertisement spin-offs. furthermore, there are case stories of key people who have been quite influential in fostering British-Japanese cultural bridges during this interval.

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17. 21 W. Halén, Christopher Dresser, 1990, p. 38. 22 See O. Checkland, Britain’s Encounter with Meiji Japan 1858–1912, 1989. htm. R. Brown papers see the University of Glasgow Archives. 25 Glasgow International Exhibition Catalogue, Glasgow, 1901, pp. 214–15. F. Kornicki, of the University of Cambridge, for his help. 27 Yokohama Shokin Ginko-zaishi [History of Yokohama Specie Bank], Tokyo, 1984, Vol. 6, p. 213. 28 ‘Advance Victoria’, Herald, Melbourne, 2 September 1875. 29 Frederic A. Sharf, Dean Lahikainen and William T.

In consequence all sixty or seventy of them want to be allowed to remain to study their crafts. I do not have the right to pick out some to return home. My only concern is that our government grasps for the shadow, rather than the substance. 6 Kido’s anxieties were not surprising, given the economic difficulties faced by the new regime in Japan. In fact the expensive arrangements, which had been Affirmative action, abroad and in Japan 31 set up in Vienna for the Japanese at the Exposition, were the work of Gottfried Wagener (1831–92), who had entered Japanese service not long after the Meiji Restoration.

The Zoological section was not interesting because of the fierce looking cows and horses there. 1 Hakurankai, exhibitions in Japan, 1871–1903 1871 1872 1873 1874 1877 1881 14–20 May 10 March–30 April 15 April–31 July 16 March–10 June 21 August–30 November 1 March–30 June Bussankai Hakurankai Hakurankai Daigaku Nanko Museum of Mombusho Exposition Office Museum Missum Museum Tokyo Naikoku Home Ministry Tokyo Hakurankai Kangyo Hakurankai Naikoku Kangyo Hakurankai 1882 1 October–20 November 1884 11 April–30 May 1890 1–31 April 1895 1 April–31 July 1903 1 March–31 July Naikoku Kaiga Kyoshinkai Naikoku Kaiga Kyoshinkai Naikoku Kangyo Hakurankai Naikoku Kangyo Hakurankai Naikoku Kangyo Tokyo Tokyo Tokyo Ueno Park Home Ministry and Finance Ministry (Later by Ministry of Agriculture and Commerce) Ministry of Agriculture and Commerce Ministry of Agriculture and Commerce Ministry of Agriculture and Commerce Ministry of Agriculture and Commerce Ministry of Agriculture and Commerce Tokyo Ueno Park Tokyo Ueno Park Tokyo Ueno Park Tokyo Ueno Park Kyoto Okazaki Osaka Hakurankai Source: Bunten (Monbusho Bijutsu Tenrankai) [Art Exhibition by Ministry of Education], Tokyo, 1907.

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