An image of The Gion district

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

(Japan 1839 – 1892)

The Gion district, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

Location
Not on display
Further information

This print illustrates a scene from Act VII of the popular Kabuki play 'Kanadehon chūshingura' (‘The treasury of loyal retainers’), which is based on a real-life story of revenge by the 47 'rōnin' (or masterless samurai) in the early 1700s. The young man is Oishi Rikiya, son of Yuranosuke, the leader of the 'rōnin'. Rikiya tries to secretly deliver a letter containing news about the conspirators’ activities to his father, who lives in disguise at the Ichiriki teahouse in Kyoto’s pleasure quarter Gion.

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
258.2012.4