An image of I wish I had gone to bed immediately/ but now the night has passed/ and I watch the moon descend

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

(Japan 1839 – 1892)

I wish I had gone to bed immediately/ but now the night has passed/ and I watch the moon descend, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

Location
Upper Asian gallery
Further information

This print illustrates the poem in the title cartouche by the Heian court lady and famous poetess Akazome Emon (956–1041). It expresses the feeling of a woman who has lost a night’s sleep waiting for her lover, who did not come. Akazome served one of the emperor’s consorts and later joined the household of the most powerful political leader of the time, Fujiwara no Michinaga. Besides writing poetry, Akazome was also known as the main author of the 'Eiga monogatari', a history of the Fujiwara family.

Place of origin
Japan
Period
Japan: Meiji period 1868–1912
Year
06 Jan 1887?
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
258.2012.44