Sino-Japanese War 1894-95: Asan
 
 
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Triptych image depicting the triumphal return of the Meiji Imperial Army from its victory at Asan during the Sino-Japanese War. The officer in the centre raises his cap high above his head as a Korean dignitary wears a black tail coat and holds a top hat, while his fellow ministers wear traditional Korean dress. At right, a soldier holds the reins of a lively horse while troops stand at attention carrying rifles with bayonets fixed. Another soldier holds a fluttering Japanese flag. 

After the victory at Asan, the reporter Kubota Beisen wrote: “Our troops immediately began returning to Seoul by land and arrived on August 5. The Japanese minister and other members of the legation and of the Japanese residence were there to welcome the troops. Yi Yun-yong, 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 7:25AM 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!’ which rose from the crowd. The cheers shook heaven and earth, clutching every heart and almost bringing me to tears’. Kubota Beisen, Nisshin sentō gahō (Tokyo) vol.2 (November 1894),p.6.

Collection :      

Jean S. and Frederic A. Sharf Collection, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Massachusetts.
Philadelphia Museum of Art.
The Lavenberg Collection of Japanese Prints.

References :     

Illustrated in the 1983 Philadelphia Museum of Art publication “Impressions of the Front”, Catalogue number 10. p.21.
Illustrated in The Lavenberg Collection of Japanese Prints “Sino-Japanese War Prints (1894-1895)”, (IHL Cat. #349.

 
     
 
 
 
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