Dainihon Bussan Zue
118 illustrations of Japanese crafts and occupations in the Meiji era
Original: Possessed by Kenshoku Shoku Library
2 folding books including 118 prints in full color with with Dainihon Bussan Sugoroku (Japanese Crafts and Occupations board game) and Commentary (including reproduction of notations) by Setsuya Hashizume (Director, The Museum of Osaka University).
Size: 335×256 mm.
Reproduction of texts by Megumi Soda
This reprint collection consists of one hundred and eighteen colored woodblock prints done by Utagawa Hiroshige III (1842-1894), which first appeared at the First National Industrial Fair of 1877. Each print depicts either a famous product associated with a particular region or the process by which it is made, as well as the people involved in the trade.
Collectively, the prints give an insightful overview of the various economic activities that buttressed the Japanese society of the early Meiji era, while the intricate details provide a window into people’s changing lifestyles amidst the significant cultural shift that took place during the Meiji Restoration. As such, this reprint collection is a valuable source for researchers in the fields of modern Japanese history, art history, industrial history and regional history. (The prints included in this collection are regionally organized in accordance with the main roads originating from Kyoto.)