Series: The Meiji period (明治時代, Meiji-jidai) Restoration: 1868 -1912
Category: Women Samurai
Accession Number: DFJN2020PRWS0012
Title (Original): 鹿児島新聞
Title: Kagoshima shinbun
Translated Title: The Kagoshima Newspaper
Artist (Original): フサタネ（アクティブ1854-1888）
Artist: Fusatane (active 1854-1888)
Medium: Japanese woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and colour on paper
Publisher (Original): Unknown
Publication Date: 1877
Acquisition Date: 21 / 10 / 2020
Country of origin: Japan
Size: Vertical ōban. Triptych. 35.4 x 71.4 cm
Condition: Excellent colour and detail. Three separate panels. Horizontal centrefold. Small loss at corner. Small tear at edge. A few holes (repaired). Creasing and wrinkling, slight toning and soiling.
The Satsuma Rebellion – Known in Japanese as the Seinan Senso or Southwestern War, took place in 1877 between disaffected former samurai and Meiji Imperial forces. With the fall of the Tokugawa Shogunate and the Meiji restoration of the Emperor in 1867, the samurai class was abolished, leaving this once ruling class unemployed and impoverished. Led by former Imperial Army General Saigo Takamori, samurai from the Satsuma domain in Kagoshima rebelled against the government, leading to a series of battles that ultimately ended in defeat of the rebels at the Battle of Shiroyama, with Saito committing seppuku or ritual suicide. Woodblock prints of the conflict were popular, providing accounts of the latest battles to a public eager for news.