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Illustrations from the
Fūzoku Gahō,
Japan’s first graphic magazine


The color image is the cover illustration of a special edition of Fūzoku Gahō published in 1894 during the Sino-Japanese War, showing Japanese troops rushing into battle. This magazine was generally more concerned with images of daily life than in depictions of war and empire. In early editions, in particular, it delighted in illustrating the contrast between Western and what it saw as traditional Japanese modes of fashion or action. The two black-and-white illustrations here offer examples from the issues of May 10, 1889 (right, middle) and December 10, 1889 (far right), the first year of publication.





Courtesy Harvard Yenching Library
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