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As I am about to enter the ranks of those who disobey/ ever more brightly shines/ the moon of the summer night - Akashi Gidayū , from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

18 April 1890


Tsukioka Tsukioka Yoshitoshi


1839 – 1892

  • Details

    Alternative title
    yumitori no/ kazu ni irusa no/ mi to nareba/ terimasarikeri/ natsu no yo tsuki - Akashi Gidayū
    Place where the work was made
    Meiji period 1868 - 1912 → Japan
    18 April 1890
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    Materials used
    colour woodblock; ōban
    39.0 x 26.0 cm
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    Signed and dated.

    Yasuko Myer Bequest Fund 2012
    Not on display
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    Tsukioka Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

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  • About

    Akechi Mitsuhide killed his master Nobunga and seized power in 1582. Nobunga’s army sought revenge for the death and so Mitsuhide sent his general Akashi Gidayū, shown here, to intercept the attack. However, Gidayū and his men were defeated, so he offered to commit 'seppuku', a ritual form of an honourable suicide for the warrior class. Mitsuhide did not want to lose his faithful retainer and refused. Gidayū disobeyed and is shown here with his writing implements carefully placed to one side, and the sword sheath on the other. He is focused on his death poem, which makes reference to the moon of a summer night, and prepares himself to perform the final act.

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  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 3 publications

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