How hopeless it is/ it would be better for me to sink beneath the waves/ perhaps then I could see my man from Moon Capital - Ariko, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon
06 Sep 1886
1839 - 1892
The woman depicted is Ariko no Naishi, a lady-in-waiting at the Heian court, who is about to commit suicide because of her unrequited love for Senior Councillor Tokudaiji no Sanesada. Her story was made into the nō play 'Ariko no Naishi'. ‘Moon Capital’, mentioned in the title of the poem that Ariko recited before jumping from the boat, was a poetic name for Kyoto, the imperial capital.
hakanashiya/ nami no shita nimo/ irinubeshi/ tsuki no miyako no/ hito ya miru tote - Ariko
Place where the work was made
Meiji period 1868 - 1912 → Japan
06 Sep 1886
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
Shown in 1 exhibition
Yoshitoshi: One Hundred Aspects of the Moon, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 20 Aug 2016–20 Nov 2016
Referenced in 4 publications
Yuriko Iwakiri, Yoshitoshi Tsuki hyakushi (Yoshitoshi’s One hundred aspects of the moon), Tokyo, 2010. General reference; Another edition was reproduced
Natalie Seiz, Look, 'Lunar orbit', pgs.24-28, Sydney, Aug 2016, 27 (colour illus.).
John Stevenson, Yoshitoshi's One hundred aspects of the moon, Seattle, 1992, (colour illus.). cat.no.38; Another edition was reproduced
Chris UHLENBECK, Yoshitoshi: masterpieces from the Ed Freis collection, Leiden, 2011, 135-136. General reference; Another edition was reproduced