An image of Chōfu village moon

Tsukioka Yoshitoshi

(Japan 1839 – 1892)

Chōfu village moon, from the series One hundred aspects of the moon

Location
Upper Asian gallery
Further information

By the light of the full moon and by the river, washed clothes piled on the straw mat are being beaten with mallets by two women in order to soften them. They are then laid out to dry. The sounds of women beating cloth is associated with the notion of women waiting for their husbands (see also 258.2012.84 'Cloth-beating moon'). Chōfu (also known in Japanese as 'tatsukuri') literally means ‘tax cloth’. The town was probably known to have used cloth as payment in lieu of tax at some time. This is a common scene used in 'ukiyo-e' prints and Hiroshige had produced similar prints, often identifying the town on the Musashi plain by including Mount Fuji in the background.

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
258.2012.96