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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:

Hakanashiya
nami no shita nimo
irinubeshi
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:

Dimensions
  • 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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