An image of How noisy, the sound of insects calling in the meadow/ as for me, I make no sound but think of love

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

(Japan 1839 – 1892)

How noisy, the sound of insects calling in the meadow/ as for me, I make no sound but think of love, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

Location
Not on display
Further information

The courtier Tairo no Tadanori was an accomplished poet and warrior. On a moonlit night, he is shown waiting outside the house of his mistress Kiku no Mae. Much to his annoyance, she is inside with a lady visitor. After waiting for a long period, he loudly flicks his fan open and closed to get her attention. She indicates that she knows he is there by telling her visitor, ‘Listen to the sound of insects calling in the field.’ He eventually leaves, disappointed; she, also saddened, sends him a love poem and kimono the next day.

Place of origin
Japan
Period
Japan: Meiji period 1868–1912
Year
Oct 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
258.2012.86