An image of Mount Miyaji moon - Moronaga

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

(Japan 1839 – 1892)

Mount Miyaji moon - Moronaga, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

Location
Upper Asian gallery
Further information

Being on the losing side of the Hōgen Rebellion in 1156, the courtier Fujiwara no Moronaga was sent to exile on the island of Shikoku. One day in autumn, he wandered around in the countryside and came to Mount Miyagi, which was famous for its forest and waterfall. Moved by the sound of the water and the songs of the birds, Moronaga started to play a tune on his 'biwa' (short-necked lute). The music soothed his homesickness. Charmed by his music, 'suijin' (the water goddess) appeared, dressed as a travelling noblewoman.

Place of origin
Japan
Period
Japan: Meiji period 1868–1912
Year
Nov 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
258.2012.72