1876 - 1881

Famous Views of Tokyo

Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences

Turn every page in this book of ukiyo-e wood block prints by Kobayashi Kiyochika. Made between 1876 and 1882, it depicts scenes of Tokyo, Japan. This book is one of the earliest objects collected as part of the decorative arts collection at the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences.

Little is known about Kobayashi's book or the scenes that it depicts.

Look closely at the figures in these scenes. Many wear traditional Japanese dress but some wear Western-style clothing.

A number of scenes depict a great fire in Tokyo. These scenes showcase Kobayashi's kosen-ga style which includes a dramatic use of light and shadow.

Kobayashi's book is in a concertina form and is read from right to left. Once the reader reaches the back cover, they continue reading on the other side.

This scene is a duplicate of an earlier scene in this book. Kobayashi used the same woodblock plate but differences in the application of ink caused slight colour differences.

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