Sino-Japanese War Propaganda Book
Japanese woodblock print propaganda book on the Sino-Japanese War by Kubota Beisen, Meiji 28 (1895).
This rare propaganda book was published during the actual war, which lasted from August 1, 1894 to April 17, 1895. It provided real time news of the fighting in China and Korea with titles in English at the top of each page. The use of English was not to provide news to foreign readers, but rather to give the Japanese public the impression that the war was supported by the foreign community, in particular the Europeans and Americans. In fact, the prevailing view of the West was that the Chinese would easily defeat the Japanese. German General staff officer William Lang went so far as to predict that, “in the end, there is no doubt that Japan must be utterly crushed.” The Japanese took great pride in their success against the Chinese military, as seen in Beisen’s heroic artwork and depiction of the Japanese military in this fine propaganda volume from the war.