An image of Mount Ashigara moon - Yoshimitsu

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

(Japan 1839 – 1892)

Mount Ashigara moon - Yoshimitsu, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

Location
Upper Asian gallery
Further information

The 11th-century courtier and warrior Minamoto no Yoshimitsu was not only accomplished in martial arts but, above all, in music. His favourite instrument is the 'sho', a mouth organ made with bamboo reeds. One day, on his way into battle, he was followed by the young son of his deceased sho teacher. Yoshimitsu tried to convince the youth to turn around, but could only do so after he agreed to teach him a beautiful tune that he had learnt from the boy’s father. This event took place on Mount Ashigara on a moonlit night. The story is recorded in ‘Collection of things heard in the past and present’, a history compiled in 1254.

Place of origin
Japan
Period
Japan: Meiji period 1868–1912
Year
10 Oct 1889
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
258.2012.70