An image of Musashi Plain moon

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

(Japan 1839 – 1892)

Musashi Plain moon, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

Location
Not on display
Further information

Over 100 years ago, the Musashi Plain was a rural area, famous for romantic nocturnal stories. It was also said to be haunted by magical foxes that assembled together, particularly around the new year. Foxes are important in Japanese legend, and associated with the Shinto spirit Inari, god of the rice harvest or charlatans who played jokes on people. They could take human form, for example take on the appearance of a priest or a beautiful woman. Here, the female vixen is about to turn into a woman, and grooms herself while looking at her moonlit reflection.

Place of origin
Japan
Period
Japan: Meiji period 1868–1912
Year
02 Jan 1891
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
258.2012.91