The Gion district, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon
1839 - 1892
This print illustrates a scene from Act VII of the popular Kabuki play 'Kanadehon chūshingura' (‘The treasury of loyal retainers’), which is based on a real-life story of revenge by the 47 'rōnin' (or masterless samurai) in the early 1700s. The young man is Oishi Rikiya, son of Yuranosuke, the leader of the 'rōnin'. Rikiya tries to secretly deliver a letter containing news about the conspirators’ activities to his father, who lives in disguise at the Ichiriki teahouse in Kyoto’s pleasure quarter Gion.
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. 4; General reference; Another edition was reproduced
Chris UHLENBECK, Yoshitoshi: masterpieces from the Ed Freis collection, Leiden, 2011, 135-136. General reference; Another edition was reproduced