An image of The moon's invention - Hōzō temple

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

(Japan 1839 – 1892)

The moon's invention - Hōzō temple, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

Location
Not on display
Further information

The head priest of Hōzōin Buddhist temple in Nara was Kakuzenbō Hōin In’ei, who came from a line of 'kuge', lords attached to the imperial court. By the second half of the 16th century he had established a fencing school at the temple. Here, he looks into water at the reflection of the moon. Interestingly, the crescent moon in the sky looks to be a cross piece in the practice fencing spear he is holding in his hand. This could be an allusion to a spear In’ei created called kamayari (sickle-spear; also seen in 258.2012.23) that has a very sharp cross piece, which was a famous development at the time. In’ei eventually came to the realisation his Buddhist beliefs were inconsistent with his martial art practice and gave away his weapons.

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
258.2012.95