An image of As I am about to enter the ranks of those who disobey/ ever more brightly shines/ the moon of the summer night - Akashi Gidayū

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

(Japan 1839 – 1892)

As I am about to enter the ranks of those who disobey/ ever more brightly shines/ the moon of the summer night - Akashi Gidayū, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

Location
Upper Asian gallery
Further information

Akechi Mitsuhide killed his master Nobunga and seized power in 1582. Nobunga’s army sought revenge for the death and so Mitsuhide sent his general Akashi Gidayū, shown here, to intercept the attack. However, Gidayū and his men were defeated, so he offered to commit 'seppuku', a ritual form of an honourable suicide for the warrior class. Mitsuhide did not want to lose his faithful retainer and refused. Gidayū disobeyed and is shown here with his writing implements carefully placed to one side, and the sword sheath on the other. He is focused on his death poem, which makes reference to the moon of a summer night, and prepares himself to perform the final act.

Place of origin
Japan
Period
Japan: Meiji period 1868–1912
Year
18 Apr 1890
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
258.2012.83