Rainy Moon. Woodblock print #78 from the series 'One Hundred Aspects of the Moon'.


Artist:  Yoshitoshi Taiso 1839-1892

Date published: 1889

Engraver: Yamamoto

Seal: Yoshitoshi

Title: Uchu no tsuki (Rainy Moon) - Kojima Takanori


Scene: Kojima Takanori, the lord of Bizen province in the 14th century, went to rescue the emperor Go-Daigo after he was expelled from Kyoto. Here, Takanori kneels by a cherry tree in the garden of the inn where the emperor is being held for the night, praying for his safety. He wears a peasants straw raincoat against the rain and as a disguise.

This is a highly evocative design – in the stillness of contemplation, the viewer can almost feel the cold raindrops.


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


Impression:  very good, laquer

Colors: very good

Condition:  very good, unbacked, small stains and minor faults


Mounted, matted, and framed under glass. Framed in a brushed silver-colored metal frame.



Print:  35 cm H x 24 cm W

Frame:  50 cm H x 38 cm W


Price: 1200 Euros

Japanese Woodblock Print - Yoshitoshi - 'Rainy Moon', 1889