An image of Cherry trees blossom by the Sumida river/ boats fade from view in the gathering dusk/ at Sekiya as I view the moon - Mizuki Tatsunosuke

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

(Japan 1839 – 1892)

Cherry trees blossom by the Sumida river/ boats fade from view in the gathering dusk/ at Sekiya as I view the moon - Mizuki Tatsunosuke, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

Location
Not on display
Further information

The famous 'onnagata' Mizuki Tatsunosuke (1673–1745) was a male kabuki actor who specialised in female roles. An edict in 1629 banned women playing parts, and eventually only males were cast in roles. The poem alludes to Tatsunosuke’s journey up the Sumida River to view the cherry blossoms at Sekiya, a village celebrated for its blossoms. Here, the actor is portrayed enjoying the evening along the river with the moon in view. Onnagata shaved their forehead; here, Tatsunosuke wears a purple scarf covering this with an androgynous style top-knot. He wears a bright robe with the feminine sleeves of a 'wakashū', a male prostitute.

Place of origin
Japan
Period
Japan: Meiji period 1868–1912
Year
Jun 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
258.2012.94