Teacher guide Throwing off Asia I: woodblock prints of domestic 'Westernisation', 1868-1912 - visual narratives

TLF ID M007089

This is a collection comprising two paired sets of text and images that focus on the rapid transformation of Japan following the Meiji Restoration. The first set is titled 'The Meiji Emperor and invention of the Emperor system', and the second 'Technology and industry'. The text introduces the images and gives historical background. The images are of Japanese woodblock prints of the time that illustrate the transformation under way.

Educational details

Educational value
  • This collection is essential for Modern History in years 11 and 12, particularly for studies of the Meiji reforms in Japan. It is also valuable for History in year 9, particularly for overview studies of how Asian societies responded to European imperialism and the changes that resulted.
  • The two sets in this collection provide unique primary source images showing the modernisation of Japan. They encompass the imperial family, the constitution, the parliament, the military and military equipment, steamships, railways, the telegraph system, the telephone, and industrial expos as well as Western influences in clothing and architecture.
  • The text component of the sets gives useful historical background and explanation. The first summarises the history of the Japanese imperial system and analyses the rise of the new emperor-centered nationalism. The second discusses Japan's accomplishments in industry and technology achieved under the Meiji slogan of 'rich country, strong military' that led to Japan's emergence as a world power.
Year level

9; 10; 11; 12

Other details

  • Contributor
  • Name: Education Services Australia
  • Organization: Education Services Australia
  • Description: Data manager
  • Address: VIC, AUSTRALIA
  • URL: http://www.esa.edu.au/
  • Person: Toyohara Chikanobu
  • Description: Artist
  • Publisher
  • Name: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Organization: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Description: Publisher
  • Address: Massachusetts, UNITED STATES
  • URL: http://web.mit.edu/
  • Resource metadata contributed by
  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organisation: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Address: AUSTRALIA
  • URL: www.esa.edu.au
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Learning Resource Type
  • Online
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology © 2008 Visualizing Cultures. Creative Commons-Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0.