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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

June 1891

Artist

Tsukioka Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

Japan

1839 – 1892

  • 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
    Period
    Meiji period 1868 - 1912 → Japan
    Date
    June 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
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Tsukioka Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

    Works in the collection

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  • 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.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Japan

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 3 publications

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