17th GJS Seminar Series Nature as Symbol of Japan: The Meiji Kachoga of Taki Katei

Date and time: January 28, 2016 (Thur.), 3:00-4:30PM
Venue: 1st Meeting Room (3F), Institute for Advanced Studies on Asia, The University of Tokyo
Speaker: Rosina Buckland (Senior Curator, National Museum of Scotland)
Language: English

Abstract: During the Meiji 20s, the well established artistic genre of kachōga was reconceived as an “invented tradition” on a notably enlarged scale, promoted as identifiably “Japanese” to both domestic viewers and foreign audiences, and suitably eye-catching and technically sophisticated for the new display spaces of exhibition halls and imperial palace. In her presentation, Buckland will examine how the painter Taki Katei (1830-1901) took aspects from his traditional artistic training based on Chinese models and re-deployed them to create a seductively attractive medium conveying an image of Japan as a nation in possession of both beauty and power.

Organizer: The Global Japan Studies Network (GJS)
Contact: gjs[at]