Osaka. 片山房吉 (Katayama Fusakichi). Meiji 27 (1894). Stock ID #154968
Single sheet colour woodblock with Japanese text. Sheet measures 25.5 x 37.5cm. There are several small holes in lower section though the loss is not significant, some light browning mainly along the edges, a 8 x 9cm brown stain on the right hand side of the image. Still a good strong image which gave news to Japanese people of the outcome an important battle between Japanese and Chinese forces. This second part of a kawaraban, or illustrated newspaper style hand bill was issued on the 14th of August, 1894. The text and coloured illustration describe the first land battle in the Sino-Japanese War which took place on a couple of weeks before on the 29th of July. The war was not officially declared until August 1st, 1894.
The Japanese troops [the 9th Mixed Brigade], which were heading for Gazan 牙山 [Asan in Korean] to attack the Chinese force but were ambushed by the Chinese troops at the bridge of the Anjō 安城 [Anseong in Korea] River in the early hours of July 29th. According to the text, when the Japanese troops tried to cross the bridge, about 500 strong Chinese troops ambushed the Japanese forces from their hiding place under the bridge. The Japanese troops, though surprised, fought back successfully and after a series of skirmishes defeated the Chinese troops. Chinese casualties were high with over one hundred Chinese soldiers dead and over four hundred wounded. This battle is now known as The Battle of Seonghwan 成歓 [Seikan in Japanese]. (When referring to this item please quote stockid 154968).