• 100 Aspects of the Moon (Tsuki hyakushi)
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One Hundred Aspects of the Moon: Japanese Woodblock Prints by Yoshitoshi

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Terrific original Yoshitoshi night scene from his "100 Aspects of the Moon" series. En'ya Takasada, an official in the shogun's court had a wife renowned for her beauty. Lord Moranao hearing about her decided that he wanted to see for himself. Here, Lady Kaoyo, wife of Takasada, stands in her garden after a bath, her robe draped from her shoulders. Lord Moranao can be seen crouching in the bushes beyond, a fan held up to his face.

This wonderful 100 Aspects of the Moon print depicts Lady Gosechi shown here dressed in nun's robes and playing the koto as two noblemen, moved by the haunting music, weep quietly. The word gosechi, meaning "five festivals," refers to formal musical rituals practiced at the court of the emperor. Lady Gosechi is thus a personification of the beautiful music associated with the past glory of the court.

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Tsukioka Yoshitoshi: One Hundred Aspects of the Moon - # 2 "Chang E Flees to the Moon" -- Yoshitoshi's "100 Aspects of the Moon." Chang E steals the elixir of life in a jade cup. She drinks the golden liquid and flees to the moon, where she becomes the moon goddess.