Trent Maxey, associate professor, Departments of History and Asian Languages and Civilizations, Amherst College

In the decades prior to the Meiji Restoration of 1868, political, economic, and ecological crises created a pervasive sense of disorder across the shogun’s realm. Through woodblock prints and literature, see how the early and mid-19th century laid the groundwork for the upheaval to come.

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Above: Katsushika Hokusai, The Gate of the Guardian Kings at Kinryûzan Temple (Kinryûzan Niô mon no zu), from the series Newly Published Perspective Pictures (Shinpan uki-e), 1780s. 11.17579. Woodblock print (nishiki-e); ink and color on paper. William Sturgis Bigelow collection.