Label Text: The Battle of Asan is also known as The Battle of Ansong Ford, for it was fought near the ford of the Ansong River. The Sino-Japanese war yielded numerous heroes, which were immortalized in art, literature, education and folklore. Among the first casualties on the Japanese side were Captain Matsuzaki Naomi and bugler Kiguchi Kohei. Captain Matsuzaki was charging his troops until he was fatally wounded and became the first officer to fall, while bugler Kiguchi was made an example of loyalty and determination for countless Japanese school children. Official textbooks said: “Kiguchi Kohei was struck by an enemy bullet, but even in death his bugle did not leave his lips.”
Mizuno Toshikata was a student of Tuskioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892), who is regarded as the last great Ukiyo-e artist. Ukiyo-e, or “pictures of a floating world,” was an artistic style in which high quality woodblock prints were produced during Edo Period (1600-1868) Japan. Prints produced during Meiji Period (1868-1912) are generally called Meiji prints and, in most cases, are not artistically as refined as Ukiyo-e prints.
Rights: Metropolitan Museum and Art Center Collection, Anonymous gift
Medium: Tryptich woodblock print, ink and colors on paper
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