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111003-0028 - Emperor's Welcome


Tokyo Meiji 1890s Unknown
The triumphal arch made in Tokyo’s Hibiya district to welcome Emperor Meiji back to the capital after the conclusion of the First Sino-Japanese War (1894–1895). This shows the scene on May 30, 1895 (Meiji 28) when hundreds of thousands of people had taken to the street for the Emperor’s Welcome Ceremony (天皇還幸奉迎式).

On the initiative of Japanese industrialist Eiichi Shibusawa (渋沢栄一, 1840–1931), the arch was funded by Tokyo merchants through the hastily created Tokyo Shonin Yushi Hogeikai (東京商人有志奉迎会, Voluntary Welcome Association of Tokyo Merchants) and built in front of the provisional Diet building in Hibiya (日比谷の仮議事堂前).

The arch was 110 meters long and 55 meters wide and decorated with Cryptomeria (Japanese cedar) leaves and gas lamps.

When the emperor arrived, fireworks were lit and a roar went up through the crowd.
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