An image of Cooling off at Shijō

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

(Japan 1839 – 1892)

Cooling off at Shijō, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

Location
Not on display
Further information

Shijō refers to a restaurant area in Kyoto that is situated along the Kamo River. It was fashionable on a hot summer evening around the time of the full moon to sit by the river to cool off. This teahouse waitress is depicted relaxing at the end of a day. Her robe reveals glimpses of her red undergarment, which was seen as rather risqué at the time. The lamp beside her is emblazoned with the crest of her teahouse and her summer robe has the pattern of 'chidori' ('sea plovers'), the insignia of the geisha from Kyoto’s Pontochō entertainment district.

Place of origin
Japan
Period
Japan: Meiji period 1868–1912
Year
Dec 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
258.2012.11