Victory (Triumph) celebrations, 1905.



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“Celebration of Victories in Tokyo”, 1905. “Banzai for our Army & Navy!” Victory over the Russians in the Russo-Japanese War was a pinnacle moment for the Meiji government and its modern army, marked with celebrations, Victory over the Russians in the Russo-Japanese War was a pinnacle moment for the Meiji government and its modern army. The victory celebrations at home were marked with celebrations, grand parades, and the construction of triumphal arches across Japan.

See also:
Russo-Japanese War (1904-1905)

Victory Arch, Nihonbashi, c. 1904-1905.

“During a relatively short but bloody land and naval campaign between February 1904 and September 1905, Japanese forces proved victorious, although at a great cost in terms of lives and economic hardship. The Russo-Japanese War has been called the first major international conflict of the [twentieth] century. As well as gaining territory, Japan now became one of the great powers.

“… At the height of Western imperialism, Japan’s victory against Russia had a profound effect on nationalists living under colonial rule. In his memoirs the future Indian Prime Minister Jaharwal Nehru recalled his excitement at a rising Asian state defeating a major European power. The Indian Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore wrote a Japanese-style poem to celebrate the victory. In the Islamic world Japan was seen as a role model for those seeking independence as well as religious reform and revival.”

Asian Treasures: Gems of the Written Word, National Library of Australia, 2011

Victory Arch, Shimbashi, c. 1904-1905.

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