An image of Usually I dislike a cloudy sky/ tonight I realise that a cloudy sky/ makes me appreciate the light of the moon - Gen'i

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

(Japan 1839 – 1892)

Usually I dislike a cloudy sky/ tonight I realise that a cloudy sky/ makes me appreciate the light of the moon - Gen'i, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

Location
Upper Asian gallery
Further information

Gen’i is the Buddhist name of Maeda Munehisa, a 16th-century priest and astute politician hailing from the powerful Maeda clan, lords of the Kaga domain (today Kanazawa prefecture). Reclining on the veranda of a temple building, Gen’i gazes at the moon, shrouded by clouds, and reflects on how the material world separates the self and the Buddha nature (symbolised by the full moon). The poem in the title expresses his thoughts.

Place of origin
Japan
Period
Japan: Meiji period 1868–1912
Year
23 Jun 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
258.2012.56