Woodblock Prints of the Sino-Japanese War


Woodblock Prints of the Sino-Japanese War


Japanese woodblock prints


These are a collection of Japanese wood block prints around the end of the 19th century. The artists responsible for the prints in this collection are Tatsugoro Nagashima, Watanabe Nobukazu, Kobayashi Kiyochika, Utagawa Kokuimasa, Adachi Ginko, Mizuno Toshikata, and Kobayashi Toshimitsu.
Many of these prints are propaganda or war reports sent back home to encourage/inform support of the Japanese Imperial army. This collection is a part of The Open Court Publishing Records and was put together by the Special Collections Research Center at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.


Prints are on permanent loan from the Hegeler Carus Foundation. This is exhibit was designed by Joseph Steinbock and curated by Dr. Christina Bleyer.


The Open Court Publishing Records


Special Collections Research Center


19th century


Christina Bleyer, PhD
Joseph Steinbock


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SIUC Special Collections Reearch Center shall request 2 copies from every researcher of any published materials resulting from researcher's access to the collection. One copy will be provided to the Hegeler Carus Foundation.


The Open Court Publishing Records, Alwin C. Carus Papers, Hegeler Carus Family Papers


Woodblock prints




Art, Propaganda, War reports


Japanese Woodblock Prints


Sino-Japanese War

Collection Items

Sino-Japanese War in Datong: Sergeant Iseo Kawasaki Spying on the Chinese
This is a picture of a Japanese soldier going across the river alone to spy on the enemy (the Chinese). He was able to safely return to the Japanese troops. This event happened on 3 August, 1894.

Captain Matsuzaki's brave fight at Anjo River
The Japanese army is suddenly raided by China. There are some casualties including Captain Matsuzaki. These were the first Japanese victims in the First Sino-Japanese War.

The Advance to Pheonix Castle
This shows the Japanese army winning the battle and gaining access to the castle.

Imperial Japanese army occupies Lushun 
This is a print of the battle for Lushun at the Kanayama Mountain.

Our Army Attacks Enemy Troops Jiuliancheng
The Imperial Japanese army attacks and then occupies the castle.

The Occupation of Kinshu Castle
Japan occupies Kinshu castle after gaining command of the Yellow Sea. Then, the imperial armies march on Lushun.

The Major War in Pyongyang
This print is a scene from the battle in Pyongyang.

Attacking Genbu Gate
The Japanese army tries to break the gate. This print is propaganda to show the strength and superiority of the Japanese army. In the text next to the soldier climbing the wall, it says how the man bravely scaling the wall is nothing but a foot…

Fierce Battle in Phoenix Castle
Japan tries to take command of Phoenix Castle (part II)
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