Teacher guide Tokyo modern III: '100 views' by eight woodblock print artists, 1928-32

TLF ID M006711

This is a collection focusing on a subscription series of 100 woodblock prints by eight Japanese artists depicting views of modern reconstructed Tokyo after the 1923 Great Kanto earthquake. The prints were produced between 1928 and 1932 with each artist contributing 12 or 13 views. The collection comprises a short introduction by James Ulak and a gallery displaying each print, its artist, title and production date.

Educational details

Educational value
  • This is a rich collection of primary and secondary sources showing the 'new Tokyo' that was reconstructed as a modern metropolis after the devastating Great Kanto earthquake of 1923 and then largely vanished in the Allied bombing of World War II. The collection is highly significant for modern history in years 11 and 12, particularly for studies of Japan in the period from the 1850s to 1945.
  • It is also valuable for the visual arts. The massive reconstruction of Tokyo as a modern metropolis following the earthquake was celebrated in woodblock prints by an innovative generation of artists influenced by Western individualism and expressionism. Their works are known collectively as 'creative prints' (sōsaku hanga). Artists in the creative print movement generally created their prints from scratch, starting from the concept sketch, through block carving to actual inking and printing. The final product usually had a rough-hewn direct feel.
Year level

9; 10; 11; 12

Learning area
  • The Arts
  • History

Other details

  • Author
  • Person: James Ulak
  • Description: Author
  • Contributor
  • Name: Education Services Australia
  • Organization: Education Services Australia
  • Description: Data manager
  • Address: VIC, AUSTRALIA
  • URL: http://www.esa.edu.au/
  • Person: James Ulak
  • Description: Author
  • Person: Onchi Koshiro
  • 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
Access profile
  • Generic
Learning Resource Type
  • Online
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology © 2008 Visualizing Cultures. Creative Commons-Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0.