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After Feudalism: Westernization and National Identity
Princeton University Art Museum
An overview of political and artistic developments in Meiji Japan (1868-1912).

Go to Museum Resource: http://etcweb.princeton.edu/asianart/timeperiod_japan.jsp?ctry=Japan&pd=Meiji
Art of the Edo Period (1615–1868)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
A brief overview of artistic production in Japan during the Edo or Tokugawa period. With 9 related artworks.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/edop/hd_edop.htm
Art of the Pleasure Quarters and the Ukiyo-e Style
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
A lengthy discussion of the social developments in the Edo period that gave rise to literary and visual arts such as kabuki theater and ukiyo-e paintings and woodblock prints. With 5 related artworks.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/plea/hd_plea.htm
Art of the Samurai: Japanese Arms and Armor, 1156–1868
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Online presentation of a 2009-2010 exhibition, the "first comprehensive exhibition devoted to the arts of the samurai" and "the first exhibition ever devoted to the subject of Japanese arms and armor conservation." With images of 27 objects.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.metmuseum.org/special/se_event.asp?OccurrenceId={F8E9ACA7-5B17-471F-...
Asia Rising: Japanese Postcards of the Russo-Japanese War (1904-5)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Visualizing Cultures
"Imperial Japan’s 1904–05 war against Tsarist Russia changed the global balance of power. The first war to be widely illustrated in postcards, the Japanese view of the conflict is presented in images from the Leonard A. Lauder Collection of Japanese Postcards at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston." See the ESSAY section for an in-depth, illustrated reading of the images from the historical record. See the VISUAL NARRATIVES section for a shorthand view of the unit's primary themes and images. A CURRICULUM section for teachers and students can be found under the "Asia Rising" menu at the top of the page.

Go to Museum Resource: http://ocw.mit.edu/ans7870/21f/21f.027/asia_rising/index.html
Black Ships & Samurai: Commodore Perry and the Opening of Japan (1853-1854)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Visualizing Cultures
"On July 8, 1853, residents of feudal Japan beheld an astonishing sight—foreign warships entering their harbor under a cloud of black smoke. Commodore Matthew Perry had arrived to force the long-secluded country to open its doors." The ESSAY section "examines graphics from the American and Japanese sides of the momentous encounter"; the VISUAL NARRATIVES section "retells topics or stories from the encounter." A CURRICULUM section for teachers and students can be found under the "Black Ships & Samurai" menu at the top of the page.

Go to Museum Resource: http://ocw.mit.edu/ans7870/21f/21f.027/black_ships_and_samurai/index.html
Dream Worlds: Modern Japanese Prints and Paintings from the Robert O. Muller Collection
Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
A selection of prints and paintings from the 1890s to the 1930s, with a focus on three types of images: 1) Creatures Real and Imagined (images of nature); 2) Stage Presence (image of kabuki actors); 3) Beauty Personified (images of women). Also with a special section on the screen-printing process.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.asia.si.edu/exhibitions/online/dreamWorlds/base.html
Edo Period, 1615-1868
Minneapolis Institute of Arts
"With the decisive battle of Sekigahara, Tokugawa Ieyasu effectively usurped control of the country. In 1603 he assumed the title of Shogun and established his seat of power in the small fishing village of Edo (modern-day Tokyo)." A brief one-paragraph overview, with 34 objects from the period.

Go to Museum Resource: http://www.artsmia.org/art-of-asia/history/japan-edo-period.cfm
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