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100 Aspects of the Moon, Reflected Moonlight

1886 (September)
19th Century
14 5/8 in. x 9 3/4 in. (37.15 cm x 24.77 cm)

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi, Japanese, (1839–1892)

Object Type: Works on Paper
Creation Place: Asia, Japan
Medium and Support: Color woodcut on paper
Credit Line: Gift of William P. Wentworth
Accession Number: 1986.1.54
This print, at first look, depicts a beautiful woman in high court clothing playing serenely in a small boat at moonlight. However, the scene has a much sadder and pitiful background. The woman is Ariko, from the Noh play Ariko no Naishi, in which her ghost tells the story of her unrequited love. The print is a depiction of the scene of Ariko’s death, as she weeps for her love while preparing to drown herself. She recites lines from a poem as she cries:

nami no shita nimo
tsuki no miyako no
hito ya miru tote

How hopeless it is
it would be better for me
to sink beneath the waves
perhaps then I could see
my man from Moon Capitol

The poem is written in the upper right-hand corner of the print.

--Zana Ito, December 2014

Exhibition List
This object was included in the following exhibitions:

  • Image Dimensions: 13 in. x 8 7/8 in. (33.02 cm x 22.54 cm)
  • Sheet Dimensions: 14 5/8 x 9 3/4 in. (37.15 x 24.77 cm)

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