An image of Kazan temple moon

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

(Japan 1839 – 1892)

Kazan temple moon, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

Location
Upper Asian gallery
Further information

In 985, at the beginning of his reign as emperor at 17 years old, Kazan was mourning the death of his favourite consort. Kaneie, an ambitious politician of the Fujiwara family, tricked the emperor into taking the vows of a priest, in which case he would be forced to abdicate. Kaneie sent his son Michikane to give an emotional speech to Kazan, announcing that he himself was to become a priest and inviting Kazan to join him, although, in fact, he had no intention of going to the ceremony. Kazan is shown here with a retainer on the way to Gangyō temple on a moonlit night so bright that he feared he would be discovered. Kazan became a priest and hence lost power.

Place of origin
Japan
Period
Japan: Meiji period 1868–1912
Year
20 Dec 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
258.2012.90