An image of How hopeless it is/ it would be better for me to sink beneath the waves/ perhaps then I could see my man from Moon Capital - Ariko

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

(Japan 1839 – 1892)

How hopeless it is/ it would be better for me to sink beneath the waves/ perhaps then I could see my man from Moon Capital - Ariko, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

Location
Not on display
Further information

The woman depicted is Ariko no Naishi, a lady-in-waiting at the Heian court, who is about to commit suicide because of her unrequited love for Senior Councillor Tokudaiji no Sanesada. Her story was made into the nō play 'Ariko no Naishi'. ‘Moon Capital’, mentioned in the title of the poem that Ariko recited before jumping from the boat, was a poetic name for Kyoto, the imperial capital.

Place of origin
Japan
Period
Japan: Meiji period 1868–1912
Year
06 Sep 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
258.2012.38