An image of By now you must be near Komakata, a cuckoo calls - Takao

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

(Japan 1839 – 1892)

By now you must be near Komakata, a cuckoo calls - Takao, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

Location
Not on display
Further information

Between the seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, there were no less than eleven famous courtesans in the pleasure quarters of Edo known under the name ‘Takao’. This print may depict the sixth Takao, who was celebrated for her literary skills. Hearing the lonely call of the cuckoo in the early morning, Takao imagines her lover’s boat landing at Komakata on his way back to the city after having visited her the previous night. The two accompanying poems pick up the theme of Takao’s verse and read as follows:
A hundred grasses, longing for the summer dawn (by Tare of the Kitazato pleasure house)
By the bamboo window sewing a sleeveless robe (by Keikaen).

Place of origin
Japan
Period
Japan: Meiji period 1868–1912
Year
Oct 1885
Media
Print
Medium
colour woodblock; ōban
Dimensions
39.0 x 26.0 cm
Signature & date

Signed and dated.

Credit
Yasuko Myer Bequest Fund 2012
Accession number
258.2012.1