Meiji Industrial Exhibition, Ueno Park, 1907



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Meiji Industrial Exhibition Main Hall, Shinobazu Pond, 1907.

Meiji Industrial Exhibition Main Hall, Shinobazu Pond, 1907.

See also:
“Took in the Exposition today …”, 1907
Japan-British Exhibition, 1910
Peace Commemorative Exposition, Ueno, 1922

“The Japanese experimented with domestic fairs early in Meiji, one of them in the Yoshiwara. The grand exhibition that called itself the First National Industrial Exhibition occurred at Ueno in 1877, from late summer to early winter. The sixth, in 1907, at Ueno once more, remains the grandest of the Tokyo series. Coming just after the Russo-Japanese War, it had patriotic significance, and therapeutic and emotional value as well. Economic depression followed the war, and a need was felt to increase consumption.

“The main buildings, Gothic, in the park proper, were built around a huge fountain, on six levels, surmounted by Bacchus and bathed in lights of red., blue, and purple. A water chute led down to the lower level, on Shinobazu Pond, where special exhibitions told of foreign lands and a growing empire.”

Tokyo from Edo to Showa 1867-1989: The Emergence of the World’s Greatest City, Edward Seidensticker, 2011

Aerial view of the 1907 Meiji Industrial Exhibition grounds at Ueno Park, 1907.

Aerial view of the 1907 Meiji Industrial Exhibition grounds at Ueno Park, 1907.

The 'Viewing the Moon' (Kangetsu) bridge built for the Meiji Industrial Exhibition, 1907.

The “Viewing the Moon” (Kangetsu) bridge built for the Meiji Industrial Exhibition, 1907.

The Water-Shoot at the Meiji Industrial Exhibition, 1907.

The Water-Shoot at the Meiji Industrial Exhibition, 1907.

Ferris Wheel at the Meiji Industrial Exhibition, Ueno Park, 1907.

Ferris Wheel at the Meiji Industrial Exhibition, Ueno Park, 1907.

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