The Sino-Japanese War (1894–1895) was a major source of change in East Asia. The area was on the brink of rapid modernization, due in part by Japan's dominating imperial power. The war also completely revitalized Japan's renown woodblock printing style, as subjects shifted from Shinto spirituality and classic literature to scenes of war with unfolding allegory. Amherst College's Mead Art Museum recently acquired several of these woodblock triptychs through donation by Ruth S. Nelkin, and will be displaying them through January 4, 2015 under the name "Pain's Superb Pyro-Spectacle". If any of you live in the New England area, I highly recommend getting out to the museum sometime and checking them out for yourself. The art of the Asian continent seldom receives a proper solo exhibit here in the United States, and this is a great opportunity to not only learn about East Asian history, but acquaint yourself with a stunning and prominent Japanese art style.