Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the Meiji Restoration and Immigration to Japan Exhibition
November 19, 2018 - January 06, 2019
10:00am - 4:30pm
In 1868, Japan underwent a political revolution. With the coronation of Emperor Mutsuhito (known commonly as the Meiji Emperor), the Imperial Family regained political control, and the feudal stratocracy—in which regional lords (daimyō) and a military chief (shogun) ruled the nation for more than 250 years—was replaced with a constitutional monarchy similar to the governments of Hawaiʻi, Prussia, and Germany. The Emperor welcomed diplomatic relations and commercial trade with other nations—including Hawaiʻi, which was the first country to remove its “unequal treaty” with Japan, thereby internationally recognizing Japan’s independence. Initially negotiated with King Kalākaua, the treaty was finalized by his successor, Queen Liliuʻokalani in 1893. In honor of the special exhibition Hoʻoulu Hawaiʻi: The King Kalākaua Era, the didactic texts for these Japanese prints will include information about the late 19th century political alliance between the Meiji government and the Hawaiian monarchy. Closed Mondays, Thursday, Nov. 22 & Tuesday, Dec. 25. 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.