Artists & Designers
The Sanseisha Company was likely created in 1875 by Oshima Joun (1857-1940) in Tokyo. An inscription of the sculpture Takenouchi no Sukune Meets the Dragon King of the Sea indicates that Oshima and two assistants labored for two years to create the piece, which would ultimately be displayed in 1881 at the Second Domestic Industrial Exhibition in Tokyo [1993.86.11.FA]. The exhibition, held in Ueno Park in Tokyo, lasted from March 1st to June 30th, 1881.
Oshima began as a pupil of his father and became one of the most well-known figures of the late Meiji period. He was a teacher at the Tokyo Art School and served on many committees and panels of judges at exhibitions and competitions.