An image of The Yūgao chapter from "The Tale of Genji"

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

(Japan 1839 – 1892)

The Yūgao chapter from "The Tale of Genji", from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

Location
Upper Asian gallery
Further information

This print represents Genji’s mysterious lover Yūgao, named after the evening glory flowers ('yūgao') in her garden. She eventually accepted Genji’s invitation to visit one of his villas, but within a few hours of making love, she died, killed by the jealous spirit of one of Genji’s former mistresses. Here, her blue-lipped ghost wafts through her garden among the 'yūgao' vines.

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
258.2012.29