The rapid development of Japan at the turn of the last century, including the defeat of Russia in 1904-5, intrigued the western Imperial powers, but also aroused reactions of contempt and suspicion. Britain was the most important of the powers upon which Japan earnestly wished to impress herself to mitigate the rising tide of anti-Japanese sentiment. An exhibition in London, therefore, was seen as a timely event by the Meiji Government to advance Japanese agendas in political, economic and educational terms. This is the first major study of this remarkable venture, fully reviewed and documented, and concerned principally with the Japanese side of the story.
'Hotta-Lister deserves out gratitude for having restored this event to its proper place in the history of UK-Japanese relations, and through some telling comparisons between the 1910 Japan-British Exhibition and the 1991 Japan Festival, reminds us of its continuing relevance as we stand on the eve of another bi-national event in 2001.' - The Japan Society