Illustration of [Emperor at] National Diet Building

Japanese Color Woodblock Print 

Illustration of [Emperor at] National Diet Building

by Kojima Shōgetsu, 1890

IHL Cat. #351

About This Print

This print was issued on March 10, 1890, ten months before the opening of the First Imperial Diet Building on November 24, 1890.  The artist has rendered an event, the visit of Emperor Meiji, that would not occur until later that year and has depicted, at least part of the building, as red brick.  In fact, the final design, hastily conceived as a "temporary" home for the Diet, was clad in gray-painted German clapboards and not in brick.   For a more accurate depiction of the First Diet Building see the print Illustration of the [Emperor at the] National Diet Building by Watanabe Nobukazu (c.1872-1944) which does show the exterior grey clapboard.  For a print depicting the Second National Diet building, which was a much more substantial building, see Watanabe Nobukazu's Illustration of Emperor's Triumphal Return to Reconstructed Diet Building at Hibiya.


A photo of the First Temporary Diet Building
Source: Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport

Also see the article Prints of the Emperor Meiji and Empress Haruko.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog
 Title or Description Illustration of [Emperor at] National Diet Building
 (Kokkai gijidō no zu 国会議事堂之図 - transcription from cartouche in upper right-hand corner.)
 Artist  Kojima Shōgetsu (1870–1900)
Tōshū Shōgetsu 東洲勝
 Seal  Shōgetsu 月 (as shown above)
 Publication Date March 10, 1890 (Meiji 23)
Higuchi Shintarō [Marks: pub. ref. 108; similar to seal 27-038]
樋口 振太郎 or, possibly, 樋口 太郎
Note: Marks states that the publisher's name is sometimes incorrectly read as "Gintar
ō."  It is the third character in the publisher's name that is problematical.  Is its modern form "振" [shin] or "銀" [gin]?
 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition fair– thinning from backing removal, full-size sheets untrimmed, wrinkling and folds throughout
 Genre ukiyo-e; kaika-e 
 Format vertical oban triptych
 H x W Paper
 14 3/8 x 9 3/4 in. (36.5 x 24.8 cm) each sheet

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