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Gaijin Ukiyo-e

This is a collection is depicting interactions with Westerners visiting Japan from the latter half of the Edo period to the beginning of the Meiji period.
Many artists started to document the rapid modernization of Japan. Their prints became more industrial, and in some cases depicting European tourists and their “strange” habits.

Amerikakoku
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Odoke sanjūroku kasen

Odoke sanjūroku kasen

Japanese prints shows eight scenes and text with various people and activities including Americans; ship; Japanese men tying a bundle, reading, fishing, and playing a game.

Bankoku jinbutsu no zu

Bankoku jinbutsu no zu

Japanese diptych print shows a map of the world with inset images of foreign people.

Komojin no zu

Komojin no zu

Japanese print shows a full-length portrait of a man wearing western style clothing and a top hat.

Gojō nai tsuribashi no zu

Gojō nai tsuribashi no zu

Japanese print showing drawbridge with Japanese and foreign people in foreground.

Bankoku keihin denbun mosha shu harimaze

Bankoku keihin denbun mosha shu harimaze

Japanese print shows three scenes, top left: ships sailing around a South American island; top right: an orchid from Borneo; and bottom: three Frenchmen on horseback racing in a steeplechase.

Kōmōjin no zu: Kurobō

Kōmōjin no zu: Kurobō

Japanese print shows red-haired man in uniform standing holding a pipe looking down at dark-skinned attendant carrying a tray.

Furansu komusume inu o hikite sampo no zu

Furansu komusume inu o hikite sampo no zu

Japanese print shows a dark-skinned man wearing a turban walking behind a French woman walking a dog.

Gaikoku kodomo yugi no zu

Gaikoku kodomo yugi no zu

Japanese print shows foreign children playing games outdoors.

Gaikokujin danjo kodomo asobi

Gaikokujin danjo kodomo asobi

Japanese print shows foreign children skipping rope and walking on stilts.

Ikoku kotoba - rango

Ikoku kotoba - rango

Japanese print shows a French woman and a Dutch man seated near the waterfront; ships in background. Includes Japanese translation of foreign terms for meteorology, geography, and directions.

Ijin chiyu

Ijin chiyu

Japanese print shows children sledding down a grassy slope.

Amerikajin kodomo o aisu zu

Amerikajin kodomo o aisu zu

Japanese print shows a mother and child with a Japanese manservant leaving for a walk; a monkey sits on a perch in the background and a dog stands to the right, next to the mother.

Ikoku kotoba

Ikoku kotoba

Japanese print shows an American on horseback and a Chinese man standing nearby. Japanese-Dutch(?) vocabulary chart of numbers and unidentified price code(?) on recto of print.

Gaikoku jinbutsu zukushi - Igirisu

Gaikoku jinbutsu zukushi - Igirisu

Japanese print shows an English soldier and a woman walking with an umbrella.

Bankoku zukushi - Amerikajin

Bankoku zukushi - Amerikajin

Japanese print shows an American couple looking at something in the distance.

Yokohama kenbutsu zue

Yokohama kenbutsu zue

Japanese print shows a foreign visitor standing outside a building in Yokohama, Japan. He is looking up and appears to be thinking, his thoughts depicted on the right, outside the space occupied by him, as a fr... more

Amerika

Amerika

Print shows a woman, representating America, riding sidesaddle on a horse in a snowy landscape.

Ijin yashiki ryōri no zu

Ijin yashiki ryōri no zu

Japanese print shows men working in the kitchen of a foreign settlement house in Japan.

Amerika jokan hansui o gansuru no zu

Amerika jokan hansui o gansuru no zu

Japanese print shows an American woman playing an accordian; a dog sits on her right and a man stands to her left.

Bushū Yokohama meishō zu - Amerika bijo, hatoba

Bushū Yokohama meishō zu - Amerika bijo, hatoba

Japanese print shows a young American woman seated sidesaddle on a horse and an inset image of a jetty.

Oranda, Amerika, Igirisu

Oranda, Amerika, Igirisu

Japanese print shows three men gathered around a table: A Dutch man wearing a tricorn hat and holding a pipe, an English man drinking from a glass, and an American wearing a feather headdress and holding a telescope.

[French photographer in old Yokohama]

[French photographer in old Yokohama]

Print shows a photographer wearing western clothing adjusting a camera beneath a shoud; a woman stands behind him, also wearing western clothing, holding a plate or a photograph, also, photographic supplies are... more

Gaikokujin kodomo chōai no zu

Gaikokujin kodomo chōai no zu

Japanese print shows a foreign woman holding a child while another child sits on the floor playing a pipe.

Gaikokujin ifuku shitate no zu

Gaikokujin ifuku shitate no zu

Japanese print shows a foreign woman using a sewing machine while her husband and children sit together in the background.

Ikoku kotoba - Amerika

Ikoku kotoba - Amerika

Japanese print shows a Russian woman playing the flute and an English man holding a rifle. Includes Japanese translations of English words on recto of print, e.g. kome/ raisu (rice), mugi / beruri (barley), cha... more

Amerika, Furansu, Nankin

Amerika, Furansu, Nankin

Japanese print shows three spectators viewing an unseen object or event: a woman holding a drinking vessel sits beside a man gazing through binoculars while a Chinese man touchs his head.

Amerikakoku

Amerikakoku

Japanese print shows an American man on horseback gesturing to his left with a whip to a man holding the bridle of his horse.

Gaikoku jinbutsu zukushi - Amerika nyonin

Gaikoku jinbutsu zukushi - Amerika nyonin

Japanese print shows a woman riding sidesaddle.

Amerikajin no zu

Amerikajin no zu

Japanese print shows an American family, the husband stands nearby while his wife breast-feeds an infant.

Shō utsushi igirisujin

Shō utsushi igirisujin

Print shows a woman holding a portrait of a couple, standing next to a man holding a dog on a leash; the man is wearing a stove-pipe hat and has a beard that makes him look like Abraham Lincoln.

Igirisu

Igirisu

Japanese print shows an Englishman on horseback. Includes text about England.

Yokohama ijin kan no zu

Yokohama ijin kan no zu

Japanese triptych print showing Japanese and foreign people gathered at the foreign settlement house in Yokohama; shops and street vendors; ships in background.

Kanda Myōjin shanai

Kanda Myōjin shanai

Japanese print shows a French man and woman sightseeing at the Kanda Myōjin shrine in Edo (Tokyo), Japan.

Gaikokujin no zu - Igirisu, Furansu

Gaikokujin no zu - Igirisu, Furansu

Japanese print shows an Englishman and a French woman horseback riding.

Amerika

Amerika

Japanese print shows two American sailors(?); includes text about America by Kanagaki Robun.

Yokohama kyūjitsu - Oroshiyajin yūkō

Yokohama kyūjitsu - Oroshiyajin yūkō

Japanese print shows two Russian men, one holding a telescope, and a child looking at the scenery along the shoreline in Yokohama, Japan; Russian ship in the background.

Gaikokujin yūkō no zu - Amerika nyonin

Gaikokujin yūkō no zu - Amerika nyonin

Japanese print shows a woman watching a child walking on stilts.

Bushū Yokohama hakkei no uchi - hatoba no kihan

Bushū Yokohama hakkei no uchi - hatoba no kihan

Japanese print shows a man and a woman standing on the docks as a steamboat returns to the pier.

Bankoku jinbutsu no uchi: Amerikajin

Bankoku jinbutsu no uchi: Amerikajin

Japanese print showing standing woman and man, who is smoking a cigarette.

Seisha - Orandajin, Nankin

Seisha - Orandajin, Nankin

Japanese print shows a Dutch merchant holding a goblet seated on a chair, a Chinese man holding a bottle stands next to him and there is a small table on the right in the foreground.

Bankoku jinbutsu no uchi: Oranda fujin

Bankoku jinbutsu no uchi: Oranda fujin

Japanese print showing two standing women in Western dress.

Igirisujin Yokohama ni orimono irowake no zu

Igirisujin Yokohama ni orimono irowake no zu

Japanese print shows a merchant examining cloth which possibly reminds him of his wife and brings to mind her portrait hanging in the upper left corner.

Igirisujin yūkō Yokohama odori

Igirisujin yūkō Yokohama odori

Japanese print shows an Englishman dancing while a Japanese woman plays the shamisen, Yokohama, Japan.

Bankoku jinbutsu no uchi - Oroshia, Fransu

Bankoku jinbutsu no uchi - Oroshia, Fransu

Japanese print with four illustrations, two of men on horseback and two illustrating clothing styles of Russian and French women.

Shōsha - Amerikajin

Shōsha - Amerikajin

Japanese print shows an American couple, the woman is holding a parasol and the man is smoking a cigar.

Amerikajin no zu - pansei nokamato

Amerikajin no zu - pansei nokamato

Japanese print shows two American men baking bread.

Gokakoku no uchi - Amerikajin

Gokakoku no uchi - Amerikajin

Japanese print shows a woman riding sidesaddle.

Amerika

Amerika

Japanese print shows an American family.

Yokohama shōka komojin sho a mitomu no zu

Yokohama shōka komojin sho a mitomu no zu

Japanese print shows a Dutch man and a German man drawing up a contract in a mercantile house in Yokohama, Japan.

Gokakoku jinbutsu zue - Orandakoku

Gokakoku jinbutsu zue - Orandakoku

Japanese print shows a Dutch woman and man, the man stands in profile and holds a telescope. Includes untranslated text about Holland by Kanagaki Robun on recto.

Gaikokujin yūkō no zu - Igirisu nyonin

Gaikokujin yūkō no zu - Igirisu nyonin

Japanese print shows a woman riding sidesaddle.

Bankoku jinbutsu zue - Itaria kokuō

Bankoku jinbutsu zue - Itaria kokuō

Japanese print shows a full-length portrait of a man seated in a chair, facing left.

Gaikoku jinbutsu zukushi - Amerika, Nankin

Gaikoku jinbutsu zukushi - Amerika, Nankin

Japanese print shows a woman riding sidesaddle and a man and a woman talking together.

Gaikoku jinbutsu zuga - Oranda, Oroshia, Amerika nyonin, Amerika

Gaikoku jinbutsu zuga - Oranda, Oroshia, Amerika nyonin, Amerika

Japanese print shows typical examples of Dutch, Russian, and American men, and an American woman.

Gaikoku jinbutsu zukushi - minami Amerika

Gaikoku jinbutsu zukushi - minami Amerika

Japanese print shows a man seated in a chair and a woman standing next to him. Includes text across top of illustration.

Gaikoku jinbutsu zuga - Oroshia, Amerika nyonin

Gaikoku jinbutsu zuga - Oroshia, Amerika nyonin

Japanese print shows the clothing styles of Russian men, and an American woman.

Furansujin no shōzō

Furansujin no shōzō

Japanese print shows a French woman seated before a mirror applying makeup; a man stands in a doorway on the right.

Atago yama chōbō

Atago yama chōbō

Japanese print shows a French couple looking at the view of Edo (Tokyo) from the top of a hill.

Gaikoku jinbutsu zuga - Nankin, Furansu

Gaikoku jinbutsu zuga - Nankin, Furansu

Japanese print shows a Frenchman holding a goblet seated on a chair, a Chinese man stands next to him; includes description, in Japanese, of both countries on recto of print.

Yokohama meishō benten: Amerikajin

Yokohama meishō benten: Amerikajin

Japanese print shows a man and a woman visiting the shore in Yokohama, Japan.

Gaikoku jinbutsu zukushi - Amerika

Gaikoku jinbutsu zukushi - Amerika

Japanese print shows two military officers.

Ijin shishimai kenbutsu no zu

Ijin shishimai kenbutsu no zu

Print shows a man and a woman watching street entertainers performing a New Year's dance.

Gaikoku jinbutsu zukushi - Amerika

Gaikoku jinbutsu zukushi - Amerika

Japanese print shows an American man smoking a cigarette while horseback riding.

Amerika

Amerika

Japanese print shows an American soldier on horseback.

Amerikajin - bango wakai

Amerikajin - bango wakai

Japanese print shows an American couple conversing; includes text of Japanese translation.

Oroshajin - bango wakai

Oroshajin - bango wakai

Japanese print shows two Russian soldiers talking; includes text of Japanese translation.

Gaikokujin Yokohama ni oite kyōkuba

Gaikokujin Yokohama ni oite kyōkuba

Japanese triptych print shows a foreign circus performing in Yokohama, Japan.

Igirisu rondon taikō

Igirisu rondon taikō

Japanese triptych (one section only) print shows ships in a harbor with women and men walking and riding horses in the foreground.

Tōkyō shiodama tetsudō jōkisha tsūkō no zu

Tōkyō shiodama tetsudō jōkisha tsūkō no zu

Japanese triptych print (one section only) showing a train at a train station with Japanese and foreign people in the foreground.

Tōkyō meishō zu

Tōkyō meishō zu

Japanese print showing street scene in Tokyo with wharf and sailboat in the foreground, parcels on the wharf, people in traditional and Western dress, and buildings in the background, one of which is flying the... more

Yokohama kyūjitsu - Orandajin yūkō

Yokohama kyūjitsu - Orandajin yūkō

Japanese print shows a Dutch family walking along the shoreline in Yokohama, Japan; Dutch ship in the background.

Tōkyō meishō sanjūroku gisen - sukiya [ongishi]

Tōkyō meishō sanjūroku gisen - sukiya [ongishi]

Japanese print shows a scene with foreigners seated around a dining table in a tea house.

Igirisu tame tori

Igirisu tame tori

Japanese print shows polo match in progress as spectators observe.

Bokusui tsutsumi hanazakari no zu

Bokusui tsutsumi hanazakari no zu

Japanese triptych print showing Japanese and foreign people walking along the Sumida River among cherry trees in full bloom.

Japan takes away Kinchow Castle

Japan takes away Kinchow Castle

Print shows a Japanese soldier holding the Kinchow Castle with wall and gate in his arms and using his left foot to kick away Russian soldiers.

Japan holds the string when Russia reaches to grasp

Japan holds the string when Russia reaches to grasp

Print shows a string held by a Japanese man about to ensnare the hands of a Russian man reaching to grab a Chinese or Korean man lying on the ground smoking a pipe with a rooster nearby.

Oroshiyajin

Oroshiyajin

Japanese print shows three Russians, two wearing military uniforms. The third Russian has an animal, possibly some sort of feline, on a leash.

Tsukiji kaigunshō...

Tsukiji kaigunshō...

Japanese triptych print showing foreigners gathered around a hot air balloon surrounded by a crowd of spectators.

Gokakoku no uchi - Oroshiyajin

Gokakoku no uchi - Oroshiyajin

Japanese print shows a Russian military officer on horseback.

Furansu Igirisu sanpei daichōsen no zu

Furansu Igirisu sanpei daichōsen no zu

Japanese triptych print shows French and English troops engaged in military training maneuvers on a training ground in Yokohama, Japan.

Furansu Igirisu sanpei daichōsen no zu

Furansu Igirisu sanpei daichōsen no zu

Japanese triptych print shows French and English troops engaged in military training maneuvers on a training ground in Yokohama, Japan.

Furansu Igirisu sanpei daichōsen no zu

Furansu Igirisu sanpei daichōsen no zu

Japanese triptych print shows French and English troops engaged in military training maneuvers on a training ground in Yokohama, Japan.

Yokohama kōeki seiyōjin nimotsu unsō no zu

Yokohama kōeki seiyōjin nimotsu unsō no zu

Japanese pentaptych print shows an American ship in the harbor at Yokohama, Japan; small boats ferry cargo which is being carried up a gangplank contributing to the bustle of activity on the main deck.

Yokohama kōeki seiyōjin nimotsu unsō no zu

Yokohama kōeki seiyōjin nimotsu unsō no zu

Japanese pentaptych print shows an American ship in the harbor at Yokohama, Japan; small boats ferry cargo which is being carried up a gangplank contributing to the bustle of activity on the main deck.

Yokohama kōeki seiyōjin nimotsu unsō no zu

Yokohama kōeki seiyōjin nimotsu unsō no zu

Japanese pentaptych print shows an American ship in the harbor at Yokohama, Japan; small boats ferry cargo which is being carried up a gangplank contributing to the bustle of activity on the main deck.

Bushū Yokohama meisho zu - Igirisujin

Bushū Yokohama meisho zu - Igirisujin

Japanese print shows an Englishman smoking a cigar or cigarette while horseback riding. Small illustration in the background showing a temple(?).

Bushū Yokohama meisho zu - Igirisujin

Bushū Yokohama meisho zu - Igirisujin

Japanese print shows an Englishman smoking a cigar or cigarette while horseback riding. Small illustration in the background showing a temple(?).

Gokakoku ijin shuen no zu

Gokakoku ijin shuen no zu

Japanese diptych print shows a large group of people seated at a long table during a banquet at the Yokohama Club.

Gokakoku ijin shuen no zu

Gokakoku ijin shuen no zu

Japanese diptych print shows a large group of people seated at a long table during a banquet at the Yokohama Club.

Gaikoku kanjin ōrai no zu

Gaikoku kanjin ōrai no zu

Japanese print shows foreign officials or merchants riding in a carriage.

Gaikoku kanjin ōrai no zu

Gaikoku kanjin ōrai no zu

Japanese print shows foreign officials or merchants riding in a carriage.

Shōkonsha keidai Furansu ōkyokuba [no] zu

Shōkonsha keidai Furansu ōkyokuba [no] zu

Japanese triptych print shows circus at Yasukuni Jinja, originally called Shokonsha, Tokyo, Japan, with acrobats, trapeze artists, and horseback stunt riders.

Shōkonsha keidai Furansu ōkyokuba [no] zu

Shōkonsha keidai Furansu ōkyokuba [no] zu

Japanese triptych print shows circus at Yasukuni Jinja, originally called Shokonsha, Tokyo, Japan, with acrobats, trapeze artists, and horseback stunt riders.

Shōkonsha keidai Furansu ōkyokuba [no] zu

Shōkonsha keidai Furansu ōkyokuba [no] zu

Japanese triptych print shows circus at Yasukuni Jinja, originally called Shokonsha, Tokyo, Japan, with acrobats, trapeze artists, and horseback stunt riders.

Sekai bankoku nihon yori kaijōrisū ōjō jinbutsu zu
[Commodore Perry in Japan]

[Commodore Perry in Japan]

Japanese print shows full-length portrait of Commander Matthew Perry in uniform.

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