Shinobugaoka moon: Gyokuensai
By Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
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Edition size: Early Lifetime Impression
Sheet size: 35,4 x 23,5 cm
Fine impression and colour, with karazuri and burnishing of the black; retains original Japanese album backing.
Another similar impression of the print is at the Theater Museum in the Waseda University number 201-2369.
Another one is published in Stevenson (2001), no. 76.
The print depicts a young samurai in the Shinobugaoka area of Edo (now Ueno Park in northeastern Tokyo) during the period of the flowering of cherry trees. The young man is under a rain of cherry blossoms. The beauty of the blossoms was considered to be particularly delicate and evocative when seen in moonlight.
John Stevenson: Yoshitoshi's One Hundred Aspects of the Moon, Hotei Publishing, Leiden, The Netherlands, 2001.