By Olive Checkland
Within the years following Japan's lengthy interval of self-imposed isolation from the realm, Japan constructed a brand new dating with the West, and particularly with Britain, the place family became relatively shut. the japanese, embarrassed by means of their perceived comparative backwardness, seemed to the West to benefit smooth commercial concepts, together with the layout and engineering talents which underpinned them. even as, taking nice satisfaction of their personal tradition, they exhibited and offered top of the range items of conventional jap craftsmanship within the West, stimulating a thirst for, and appreciation of, eastern arts and crafts. This e-book examines the two-way bridge-building cultural alternate which happened among Japan and Britain within the years after 1859 and into the early years of the 20 th century. themes lined comprise structure, business layout, prints, portray and images, including a attention of eastern govt coverage, the Japan-Britain Exhibition of 1910, and advertisement spin-offs. moreover, there are case experiences of key people who have been really influential in fostering British-Japanese cultural bridges during this interval.
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Beasley, ‘The Iwakura Mission in Britain, 1872’, History Today, October 1981, Vol. 31, pp. 29–33. 4 See ‘Economists in government’, ‘Okubo Toshimichi’, pp. 211–21. C. Sugiyama and H. Mizuta, Enlightenment and Beyond, Tokyo, 1988. 5 T. Hida, Kiritsu Kosho Kaisha [Establishing Manufacture and Commerce], Kyoto, 1987, p. 4 (copy in Keio University Library, No. 15). D. Brown and A. ), The Diary of Kido Takayoshi, Vol. II, 4 May 1873, p. 322 7 Hida, Kiritsu Kosho Kaisha, Summary in English, p. 1. 8 Hida, Kiritsu Kosho Kaisha, Summary in English, p.
Okubo outlined his plans in Shokusan Kogyo ni Kansura Kengisho [Memorial on the Promotion of Industry and Trade], written in 1874. 4 Okubo, 30 The price of seclusion effectively in charge of the government, used the Home Ministry (Naimusho) as the agent by which he could take new measures to encourage industrial growth. His initiatives included the Exhibition Bureau and a state-financed company. The critical question became what should Japan export? It is worth emphasising that, until 1873, at the Vienna Exposition, the Japanese were not aware of the export potential of what were then called ‘industrial art objects’.
His initiatives included the Exhibition Bureau and a state-financed company. The critical question became what should Japan export? It is worth emphasising that, until 1873, at the Vienna Exposition, the Japanese were not aware of the export potential of what were then called ‘industrial art objects’. After Vienna the Japanese minister Sano Tsunetami set out five objectives for the Japanese to adopt in respect of their export trade. Sano recommended, among other things, that Japan must try to improve the way in which ‘our unique products’ were produced so that they would attract approval.
Japan and Britain after 1859: Creating Cultural Bridges by Olive Checkland