Sino-Japanese War 1894-95: Yalu River. Campaign Sept. - Oct. 1894
 
 
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On the night of 24 October 1894, the Japanese successfully crossed the Yalu River, by erecting a pontoon bridge underwater. Here the Japanese divers are successfully fighting off some Chinese resistance, and thus went undedected.    

 Here, the artist is paying homage to the celebrated series: Tzūzoku Suikoden gōketsu hyaku-hachi-nin” (108 heroes from the popular Suikoden), by which Kuniyoshi made his reputation. It became immensely popular in Japan and the original illustrations were first made by Hokusai. The tattooed wrestler Tammeijirō Genshōgō is shown struggling with an adversary under water. From the 1983 publication “The Sino-Japanese War by Nathan Chaikïn”,       

Collections B H Chamberlain Collection.

References: Illustrated in the 1983 publication “The Sino-Japanese War by Nathan Chaikïn”, catalogue number 48, page 158.
Illustrated in the Shinbaku Books 2014 publication “Massacres in Manchuria: Sino Japanese War Prints 1894-1895”, edited by Jack Hunter, page 64.
Illustrated in the 1977 Kodansha publication, First Sino-Japanese War Nishikie Chronicle (Ukiyo-e, 1894-95), pp.48-49

 
   
 
 
 
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