Meiji 29 (明治二十九年)
Timeline of 1896
- 1896/2/29 Construction of building of Bank of Japan completed.
- 1896/3/1 Shinpo-to is formed.
- 1896/3/15 First liner to Europe leaves Yokohama port.
- 1896/3/31 Governor-General of Taiwan promulgates Gakkô Kansei.
- 1896/4/14 Itagaki Taisuke becomes Secretary General.
- 1896/5/14 Russian minister Weaver and Komura Jutaro sign a memorandom about Joseon.
- 1896/6/6 Kuroda Seiki establishes Hakuba-kai.
- 1896/6/9 Yamagata-Lobanov Agreement
- 1896/6/15 A tsunami strikes Sanriku region, killing 22-27,000.
- 1896/7/2 Kawakami Otojirô opens Kawakami-za in Kanda.
- 1896/7/21 Treaty of Commerce and Navigation between Japan and China includes stipulations allowing for Japan and Western powers to build factories in treaty ports in China.
- 1896/9/1 Express train between Shinbashi and Kobe.
- 1896/9/18 Second Matsukata cabinet.
- 1896/11/14 Magazine 26 century banned.
Other Events of 1896
- Dysentery and typhoid fever spread.
- Hamakua Jôdo is established as the first Jôdo-shû temple in Hawaii.
- Iha Fuyû is expelled from Shuri Middle School for organizing protests against discriminatory policies and attitudes. He travels to the Japanese "mainland."
- Li Hongzhang visits New York. Signs for "chop suey" appear in windows of New York restaurants for the first time, advertising it as Li's favorite food.
- Okinawan anti-assimilation Kôdôkai organization founded.
- The Kumamoto Garrison vacates Shuri castle.
- A Western painting section is established at the Tokyo School of Fine Arts. Kuroda Seiki is named director of that section.
- Kuroda Seiki, Kume Keiichirô and others found the Hakubakai (White Horse Society), which quickly overtakes the Meiji Art Society.
- Nihon Kaiga Kyôkai ("Japan Painting Association") is founded by Okakura Kakuzô and Ernest Fenollosa.
- The first All-Hawaii sumo competition is held.
- Nihonga painter Yamaguchi Tatsukichi begins teaching at the Okinawa Prefectural Normal School; he is the first Japanese to come to Okinawa to teach art.
Births and Deaths
- 1896/11/13 Kishi Nobusuke, future Prime Minister, born (d. 1987/8/7)
- 1896/11/23 Higuchi Ichiyo dies.
- Makimura Masanao of Chôshû dies (b. 1834).
- Rita Cowan is born (d. 1961).