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Meiji 23 (明治二十三年)
Timeline of 1890
- 1890/4/1 The third Domestic Industrial Exposition opens in Ueno Park.
- 1890/6/10 Third Domestic Industrial Exposition closes.
Other Events of 1890
- The first prefectural, and national, elections are held.
- Ernest Fenollosa returns to the United States.
- The first gallery/museum-style exhibition of Hokusai's work to be held ever, is organized by the Fine Arts Society of London.
- The Imperial Diet holds its first sessions.
- The Imperial Hotel, located next to the Rokumeikan and financed by Shibusawa Eiichi, Ôkura Kihachirô, and Iwasaki Yanosuke, opens.
- The Imperial Rescript on Education is promulgated.
- The Japan Art Association exhibition includes nine works by six Okinawan artists.
- The Japanese Red Cross Central Hospital, an important example of Meiji architecture, designed by a team under Katayama Tôkuma, is completed.
- Kabuki hyôbanki cease to be published regularly.
- Kubota Beisen and Kôno Bairei found the Kyoto Art Association.
- Lake Biwa canal is completed.
- Bunkio Matsuki graduates from Salem High School, in Massachusetts.
- Naminoue Shrine is formally named a Shinto shrine, incorporated into the national system of shrines, and designated as the shrine for the protection of the tranquility of all Okinawa (沖縄総鎮守社, Okinawa sôchinshu sha).
- Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught, visits Japan along with his duchess, on personal travels.
- Ryôunkaku, also known as "Asakusa Jûnikai", Japan's first modern skyscraper, is completed and opened.
- Tazaki Sôun, Mori Kansai, Kanô Eitoku Tatsunobu, Morizumi Tsurana, Hashimoto Gahô, Shibata Zeshin, and Takamura Kôun, along with several craftsmen, are selected to become the first Imperial Household Artists (Teishitsu gigeiin).
- Yamaguchi Naoki is interviewed by the Kyûji Shimonkai about his life in the Bakumatsu period.
Births and Deaths
- 1890/7/15 Okinawan historian Nakahara Zenchû is born (d. 1964).
- Kawai Kanjirô is born (d. 1966).
- Negishi Yûzan of the Rôshigumi dies (b. 1809).
- Art historian Tomita Kôjirô is born (d. 1976).