An image of Moon of the pleasure quarters

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

(Japan 1839 – 1892)

Moon of the pleasure quarters, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

Location
Not on display
Further information

A courtesan, recognisable by her 'geta' (very high clogs), is taking an evening walk to enjoy the cherry blossoms in moonlight with her 'kamuro' (child attendant). Edo’s licensed pleasure quarter, the Yoshiwara, was famous for its central avenue lined on both sides with cherry trees and offering a spectacular view when in full bloom. In Japanese culture cherry blossoms are celebrated for their transitory beauty. Courtesans, whose fame was short-lived as their beauty succumbed to the passing of time, are also nicknamed 'yozakura', or 'night cherry blossoms'.

Place of origin
Japan
Period
Japan: Meiji period 1868–1912
Year
Mar 1886
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
258.2012.24