Past Exhibitions

Exhibition Commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Meiji Restoration The Battle of Toba Fushimi
July 25, 2017 - September 3, 2017

The lunar New Year of 1868 began with a battle that would burn down much of present-day southern Kyoto even as it ushered in a new modern age known as the Meiji period (1868–1912). Protecting the newly restored imperial government were the forces of the Satsuma-Chōshū alliance. Attempting to topple the new regime and reinstate the former Tokugawa shogunate were the shogunal forces, who marched north toward the capital from Osaka. These two sides clashed in what is now known as the Battle of Toba Fushimi in an area south of Kyoto. This exhibition commemorates the milestone 150th anniversary of the transfer of power from the shogunate to the emperor with artworks and archival materials related to the pivotal battle that defined the course of Japanese history.

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