Private Harada Jukichi Opens the Hyeonmu Gate from Within the Fort at Pyonyang
Mizuno Toshikata (Japanese, 1866 – 1908)
DimensionsEach : 14 x 9 1/4 in. (35.56 x 23.5 cm)
Overall : 14 x 28 in. (35.56 x 71.12 cm)
Credit LineHope College Collection
LabelIn the late 19th century, the Korean city of Pyongyang was surrounded by thick stone walls. At the outset of the first Sino-Japanese War, Chinese forces controlled Pyongyang and intended to use it as a base for their military operations against the Japanese. The Japanese recognized the city's strategic importance and launched an attack against it on September 15, 1894. After several failed assaults, a twenty-seven year old private in the Japanese army named Harada Jukichi scaled the city walls and opened one of the main gates from within, allowing Japanese forces to enter. Savage hand-to-hand fighting ensued, but eventually the outnumbered Chinese soldiers abandoned the city and fled toward to coast under the cover of heavy rain.