Cooling off at Shijō, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon
1839 - 1892
Shijō refers to a restaurant area in Kyoto that is situated along the Kamo River. It was fashionable on a hot summer evening around the time of the full moon to sit by the river to cool off. This teahouse waitress is depicted relaxing at the end of a day. Her robe reveals glimpses of her red undergarment, which was seen as rather risqué at the time. The lamp beside her is emblazoned with the crest of her teahouse and her summer robe has the pattern of 'chidori' ('sea plovers'), the insignia of the geisha from Kyoto’s Pontochō entertainment district.
Place where the work was made
Meiji period 1868 - 1912 → Japan
colour woodblock; ōban
39.0 x 26.0 cm
Signature & date
Signed and dated.
Yasuko Myer Bequest Fund 2012
Not on display
Where the work was made
Referenced in 3 publications
Yuriko Iwakiri, Yoshitoshi Tsuki hyakushi (Yoshitoshi’s One hundred aspects of the moon), Tokyo, 2010. General reference; Another edition was reproduced
John Stevenson, Yoshitoshi's One hundred aspects of the moon, Seattle, 1992, (colour illus.). cat.no. 11; Another edition was reproduced
Chris UHLENBECK, Yoshitoshi: masterpieces from the Ed Freis collection, Leiden, 2011, 135-136. General reference; Another edition was reproduced