Japan After Perry: Views of Yokohama and Meiji Japan
February 6 through May 1, 2005
The opening of Yokohama, Japan, to trade with the United States and Europe in 1859 ended more than two centuries of Japanese isolation and transformed the rural fishing village into a thriving international port. Documenting this early history of Japanís gateway to the world, artists produced colorful woodblock prints of city scenes, urbane residents, and harbor views, capturing this tumultuous era of Japanís transformation into a modern industrial state and international power.
Organized by the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, Japan After Perry: Views of Yokohama and Meiji Japan showcases 24 woodblock prints from the collection of William and Florence Leonhart.