Kenshin.  Woodblock print #82 from the series 'One Hundred Aspects of the Moon'.


Artist:  Yoshitoshi Taiso 1839-1892

Date published: 1890

Engraver: Enkatsu

Seal: Taiso

Title: ‘shimo gunei ni michi shuki kiyoshi

Sugyo no Hengan tsuki sanko’ – Kenshin


Scene:  Kenshin, a priest and powerful feudal lord, is in his camp on the plain of Kawanakajima, preparing for battle in a campaigns against a rival, Takeda Shingen. He sits in full armor except helmet, which here has been replaced with a priests ornate headdress. Inspired by the sight of a flight of geese against the full moon, he writes the famous poem that is this print’s title. Conveying the peace of an autumn night, the poem translates as:

  ‘Frost fills the camp and the autumn air is still

  Lines of returning geese cross the moon of the third hour’ - Kenshin

Reference: ‘Yoshitoshi’s One Hundred Aspects of the Moon’ by John Stevenson


Impression:  very good,

Colors: very good


Mounted, matted, and framed under glass. Framed in a narrow gilt-wood frame.



Print:  35 cm H x 24 cm W

Frame:  47.5 cm H x 35.7 cm W

Price: 1200 Euros

Japanese Woodblock Print - Yoshitoshi - 'Kenshin', 1890