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Spring 2007, vol 5 no 1


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The Taisho Era ~ haiga


The Taisho Era

The Taisho Era, heralded into Japanese culture by the reign of Emperor Taisho from 1912-1926, was a time of transition for Japan as it took to the international stage. The new government promoted westernization and modernization, which led to changing roles for women, who found themselves meshed between the traditional and modern.

Modan gaaru, or moga, was the term for modern women of that period. If the Taisho Era was Japan's equivalent of the Roaring Twenties, then the moga was that era's flapper. These modern women were often the focus of art during this period.

In this collection, we have six images provided courtesy of the Robyn Buntin of Honolulu gallery ( that depict the moga in all her glory. She is shown walking about with her parasol, doing office work, or grooming her hair.

Although short-lived, extending to only fourteen years, this period was significant for Japanese culture, and captured by its artists for us to enjoy today.


Many thanks to Robyn Buntin of Honolulu gallery ( for allowing us the use of these images and the accompanying texts.

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