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The Kyocera Museum of Art to Feature Special Exhibition
“Dawn of Restoration — Exhibition Commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Toba-Fushimi”

Precious items including colored woodblock prints and Kawaraban-newspapers on display

October 23, 2017
Kyocera Corporation (President: Hideo Tanimoto) today announced the opening of the 2017 Autumn Special Exhibition:“Dawn of Restoration — Exhibition Commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Toba-Fushimi” to be held at The Kyocera Museum of Art — located on the first floor of the Kyocera Head Office from October 28 through December 3. Kyocera’s Head Office is located in Tobadono, Fushimi ward, Kyoto, the same area where the battle began on January 3, 1868.

The exhibition will feature approximately 60 precious pieces including“Great Victory of the Combined Imperial Forces of Mōri and Shimayama,” printed on colored woodblock called Nishiki-e that describes the Battle at the time, the Kawaraban-newspapers published in the Edo period and the drawing of the Satsuma Residence in Fushimi where Ryoma Sakamoto, a key historical figure in the Meiji Restoration, was treated after being injured in the Teradaya Incident.

By viewing the historical items on display, visitors will be able to feel the strong beliefs and passion of the people who contributed greatly to the establishment of modern Japan.

Image: Great Victory of the Combined Imperial Forces of Mōri and Shimayama (a portion) by Kunihiro Utagawa (private collection)
Great Victory of the Combined Imperial Forces of Mōri and Shimayama (a portion) by Kunihiro Utagawa (private collection)

Exhibition Details
Exhibition
Title
The Kyocera Museum of Art, 2017 Autumn Special Exhibition
“Dawn of Restoration — Exhibition Commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Toba-Fushimi”
Location The Kyocera Museum of Art
(Kyocera Corporation Global Head Office, 1st floor)
6 Takeda Tobadono-cho, Fushimi-ku, Kyoto City, Japan 612-8501
Access: http://global.kyocera.com/company/csr/others/headquarter/index.html
Dates October 28 (Sat) through December 3 (Sun), 2017
*The museum will be open every day during this period.
Hours 10:00am to 5:00pm (last admission at 4:30pm)
Admission Free
Exhibits Approximately 60 items
Host Kyocera Corporation
Cooperation Kyoto City Board of Education; Kyoto Chamber of Commerce and Industry; The Kyoto Shimbun Co., Ltd.; Kyoto Branch Office of Nikkei Inc.; The Yomiuri Shimbun Kyoto Head Office; The Asahi Shimbun Kyoto Head Office; The Mainichi Newspapers Co., Ltd. Kyoto Office; The Sankei Shimbun Co., Ltd. Kyoto Head Office; Kyoto Broadcasting System Co., Ltd.; Federation of Shopping Districts in Fushimi; Fushimi Tourism Association
Special Cooperation Jonangu Shrine; Gokogu Shrine; Myokyoji Temple; Kyoto Institute, Library and Archives; Kyoto City Library of Historical Documents; Ryozen Museum of History; Gekkeikan Sake Company, Ltd., Fushimi Castle Study Group

Exhibit Highlight
The exhibition evokes the Battle of Toba-Fushimi and the upheaval of the Meiji Restoration through the artworks and materials on display. A woodblock print work named “Great Victory of the Combined Imperial Forces of Mōri and Shimayama” illustrates how Osaka Castle was in flames while the new government army had an advantage in the battle. In addition, “A Record of the Years of Tokugawa Rule: Lord Tokugawa Yoshinobu, the Fifteenth Shogun” printed on woodblock shows Yoshinobu’s escape from Osaka to Edo by sea. These evoke the dramatic site of the battle which occurred 150 years ago.

Furthermore, it was announced in June of this year that a drawing of the Satsuma Clan’s residence in Fushimi had been discovered. The residence is said to have been the place where Ryoma Sakamoto, a key figure in Japan’s modernization, was treated after being injured in the Teradaya Incident. This precious drawing will be on display as a special favor from the owner.

Image: “A Record of the Years of Tokugawa Rule: Lord Tokugawa Yoshinobu, the Fifteenth Shogun” (a portion) by Yoshitoshi Tsukioka (private collection)
“A Record of the Years of Tokugawa Rule: Lord Tokugawa Yoshinobu, the Fifteenth Shogun” (a portion) by Yoshitoshi Tsukioka (private collection)

Image: Drawing of the Satsuma Residence in Fushimi
Drawing of the Satsuma Residence in Fushimi
  Image: Magojiro Ata, a Satsuma Clan soldier’s helmet (Courtesy of Jonangu Shrine)
Magojiro Ata, a Satsuma Clan soldier’s helmet (Courtesy of Jonangu Shrine)