Welcoming the Triumphant Japanese Army


 Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Welcoming the Triumphant Japanese Army

by Adachi Ginkō, 1894

IHL Cat. #223

About This Print

Source: Impressions of the Front: Woodcuts of the Sino-Japanese WarOkamoto, Shumpei, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1983, p. 21.

A depiction of the Japanese army generals being welcomed in Seoul after their victory over the Chinese at Asan.  Figures identified by labels include Brigade Commander Ôshima, Staff Officer Nagaoka, Minister Ôtori and the Korean King's Messenger Yi Yun-yong (Ri Inyo).

After the victory at Asan (Korea), the reporter Kubota Beisen (1852-1906) wrote:

Our troops immediately began returning to Seoul by land and arrived on August 5, [1894]. The Japanese minister and other members of the legation and of the Japanese residence were there to welcome the troops. Yi Yun-young, a special envoy from the Korean king, was also present.  At the southern city gate a triumphal arch surrounded by red and white screens and pine branches was built.

At 7:25 AM Major General Oshima Yoshimasa rode out with great dignity to the gate to meet his assembled troops.  The king’s envoy was the first to laud the victorious troops, expressing the king’s pleasure at their achievements.  The general replied solemnly and briefly.   Minister Otori’s speech came next, followed by shouts of ‘Banzai for His Imperial Majesty!’ which rose from the crowd.  The cheers shook heaven and earth, clutching every heart and almost bringing me to tears.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog
 Title or Description Welcoming the Triumphant Japanese Army Return from Asan
 (Gazan gaisen kangei no zu 牙山凱旋歓迎之図) 
 Artist  Adachi Ginkō (active 1874 – 1897)
應需 吟光 Ōju Ginkō with Heta no yokozuki seal
 Seal  Heta no yokozuki (see above)
 Publication Date September 1894 (Meiji 27)
Ayabe Hanjirō 綾部 半次郎 [Marks: seal not shown; pub. ref. 024]
Sugiyama Hori Ei
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 condition fair - three panel joined; unbacked; archival paper tape applied verso to strengthen left panel side and bottom margins and to repair tears (up to 1/2") on left panel; significant wrinkling along edges and to upper left panel
 Genre ukiyo-e - senso-e (Sino-Japanese War)
 Format vertical oban triptych
 H x W Paper
 28 1/2 x 14 3/8 in. (72.4 x 36.5 cm)
 H x W Image 
 Impressions of the Front: Woodcuts of the Sino-Japanese War, Okamoto, Shumpei,  Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1983, p. 21, pl.10
 Collections This Print
 Philadelphia Museum of Art 1976-75-60; Art Gallery of Greater Victoria 1995.011.002 a-c; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston 2000.165a-c; MAK Vienna: Austrian Museum of Applied Arts/Contemporary Art K.I. 14514-026a-c; Waseda University Library 05_03893_0001; Shizuoka Prefectural Central Library K915-108-050-024; Princeton University Art Museum 2008-91a-c