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Title

Cherry trees blossom by the Sumida river/ boats fade from view in the gathering dusk/ at Sekiya as I view the moon - Mizuki Tatsunosuke, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

Jun 1891


Artist

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Japan

1839 - 1892


About

The famous 'onnagata' Mizuki Tatsunosuke (1673–1745) was a male kabuki actor who specialised in female roles. An edict in 1629 banned women playing parts, and eventually only males were cast in roles. The poem alludes to Tatsunosuke’s journey up the Sumida River to view the cherry blossoms at Sekiya, a village celebrated for its blossoms. Here, the actor is portrayed enjoying the evening along the river with the moon in view. Onnagata shaved their forehead; here, Tatsunosuke wears a purple scarf covering this with an androgynous style top-knot. He wears a bright robe with the feminine sleeves of a 'wakashū', a male prostitute.


Details


Alternative title

sakura saku/ Sumida no kawa ni/ uku fune mo/ kurete Sekiya ni/ tsuki o koso mire - Mizuki Tatsunosuke


Place where the work was made

Japan


Date

Jun 1891


Media category

Print


Materials used

colour woodblock; ōban


Dimensions

39.0 x 26.0 cm


Signature & date

Signed and dated.


Credit

Yasuko Myer Bequest Fund 2012


Location

Not on display


Accession number

258.2012.94


Artist information

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Works in the collection

107


Place

Where the work was made
Japan

Referenced in 3 publications

Bibliography


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.94; Another edition was reproduced

Chris UHLENBECK, Yoshitoshi: masterpieces from the Ed Freis collection, Leiden, 2011, 135-136. General reference; Another edition was reproduced