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Illustration of the Emperor's March from the East Castle


Japanese Color Woodblock Print

Illustration of the Emperor's March

from the East Castle

by Watanabe Nobukazu, 1900

IHL Cat. #259

About This Print

It is April 1900 and two carriages with the Imperial Seal are departing the Imperial Palace after crossing Nijubashi, seen in the background.  The occupants of the first carriage are unseen, but are assumed to be Emperor Meiji and Empress Shōken.  They are followed by Crown Prince Yoshito and his bride-to-be Kujō Sadako, daughter of the patriarch of one of the "five regent families" (gosekke).  The procession is likely one of the pre-marriage rituals set down in one of a number of laws and regulations relating to the Imperial Household that were to govern the upcoming wedding of the Crown Prince on May 10, 1900.  It may well be that the Emperor and his entourage are heading for the Imperial Palace in Kyoto.

Print Details

 IHL Catalog
 Title or Description Illustration of the Emperor's March from the East Castle
 東城御道行之図 Tōjō on (go) michiyuki no zu or Azuma jō go michiyuki no zu
 Artist  Watanabe Nobukazu (1872-1944)
ōsai Nobukazu hitsu 楊斎延一 筆
 Seal  Yōsai 楊斎 (see above)
 Publication Date 1900 4th month 24th day 明治三十三年四月廿
Ishii Rokunosuke 石井 助  [Marks: Pub. ref. 160; seal not shown]

明治三十三年四月廿一日 印刷
[Meiji 33 4th month 21st day printed]
明治三十三年四月廿日 発表
[Meiji 33 4th month 24th day published]

 Impression excellent
 Colors excellent
 Condition poor - very thin paper a result of possible removal from backing; offsetting, mainly in margins; holes and tears; wrinkling throughout
 Genre ukiyo-e; kaika-e
 Format vertical oban triptych
 H x W Paper
 14 1/4 x 9 3/4 in. (36.2 x 24.8 cm) each panel

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