Yoshitoshi- Yoshitoshi was the most influential artist of Meiji era Japan. His prints shimmer with energy and bring to life the tales of ancient Japan. Tragic love stories, the downfall of the once mighty, untouchable beauty, military conquests, and slices of everyday life. The stories go on and on. Yoshitoshi had the heart of a storyteller, spinning his tales and twisting the outcome to suit his art. He also had the immense talent of a woodblock master, bringing emotion and elegance to an image on paper.

The Courtesan Takao

A nice print depicting the famous beauty and courtesan Takao. Her dark robe with bring leaf and calligraphic design indicate the Genroku period (1688-1704) when the courtesan quarters of Japan held a great hold over the publics' imagination. A lovely print with nice colors and fine detail.

Chang E Flees to the Moon

This print depicts the ancient myth of Chang E, the queen of the moon. Having stolen an elixir of life and fleeing into the night sky, she then took reign over the moon. An early explanation of lunar eclipses includes the story that Chang E attempts to swallow the moon; later on, the idea of swallowing the moon alludes to the Daoist metaphor for the unattainable. This is a beautiful print with rich and bright colors, the expressive face of Chang E and the billowing clouds and moon create a sense of movement. A fine composition and a nice choice for a collector.

Rising Moon Over Mount Nanping

A great story from Chinese literature. The ruthless warrior Cao Cao is crossing the Yangzi river before the decisive battle of the Red Cliffs. He is shown here on the prow of the boat, standing tall in a classic Chinese warrior's costume two crows fly ominously overhead and a full moon is rising over the rocky cliff onshore. Great image.

The Gion District

Lovely scene from the Chushingura depicting a young man on a moonlit walk. This scene is taken from Act VII of the play. The man is shown standing on a flagstone path outside a teahouse where his father, Yuranosuke has made his headquarters. He holds a letter in his hand to deliver to his father. Beautiful night scene.

Shadows of the Pine Branches

Lovely, original Yoshitoshi print of a courtesan at night. Fan in hand, she relaxes on the veranda and observes the shadow of pine branches. Beautiful depiction of a luxurious teahouse that is reminiscent of Utamaro's works. The courtesan is depicted in an informal moment, something for which Utamaro was known. Also, the technique of the lamplight through the bamboo screen is something that was perfected in Utamaro's prints. Fine color and excellent detail in this lovely night scene.

The Village of the Shi Clan on a Moonlit Night

An intricate print of Shi Jin on a summer night. A tattooed warrior, Yoshitoshi depicts the dragon tattoo that covers the majority of his body and infers both courage and toughness. A very nice print with interesting detail, nice color, and a balanced composition.

Inaba Mountain Moon

Incredible, dramatic night scene showing Hideyoshi bravely climbing a hidden route to the Gifu castle. The daring plan to take the castle was successful due to Hideyoshi's ingenuity and courage. A huge moon dominates the scene placed low in the print to give the image weight. The moon backlights suski grass- combining two of Yoshitoshi's favorite design elements. Hideyoshi carries a long katana stretching from the moon to the tile cartouche in the print- great design and a must have for those interested in Yoshitoshi's prints.

Moonlight Patrol

Fantastic, original Yoshitoshi print illustrating an old story from the Japanese civil war of the 16th century. In this print, Toshimitsu, a retainer for Akechi Mitsuhide, surveys the horizon on horseback. Though he tried to persuade Mitsuhide not to attack their former ally Nobunaga, but as a loyal retainer he is shown here preparing for the attack on Nobunaga's headquarters despite his own feelings. Beautiful print from Yoshitoshi's 100 Moon series.

Mountain Moon After Rain

This great, original Yoshitoshi print is an illustration of the story of the Sogo brothers, two brothers set on revenge for the death of their father. The image illustrates Goro Tokimune as a handsome young man right before he commits his act of revenge. The figure is beautifully drawn with incredible detail. Goro is seen clutching his sword. He has spotted a Japanese cuckoo flying in front of the crescent moon. The bird traditionally calls spirits into the next world- a foreshadowing of what is to occur. Yoshitoshi's design is captivating. The pround figure of Goro, the sliver of crescent moon and the bird combine beautifully to illustrate this great Japanese tale. A fantastic Yoshitoshi design. Great artist's masterwork and terrific choice for someone interested in the samurai tradition.

Moon of Pure Snow at Asano River

This print is considered one of the best of the series. Chikako, desperate to win the release of he beloved father from prison, commits suicide by jumping into the Asano river on a snowy night. This print illustrates a true story of devotion and tragedy from 19th century Japan. Yoshitoshi's design is captivating. The strong colors of her robes contrast with the wintry white of the rest of the scene. The birds in flight are beautifully drawn as are the girl's robes and obi. An incredible print, definitely one of the best of Yoshitoshi's career.

Cooling Off at Shijo

A young waitress sits at the end of a bridge and cools her feet in the Kamo river. Kyoto is known for extreme heat and humidity in the summer and it was fashionable to sit and cool down in the riverbed area. A lovely print with very nice colors: the moon glows over the warm blues of the sky and water. The young woman's under-robe reveals a bright red color, a nice contrast to the blues. A very nice subject with fine detail.

Moon Above the Sea at Daimotsu Bay

A print depicting one of Japan's favorite heroes, Benkei stands on the prow of his boat, challenging a storm raised by the ghosts of his enemies. The enemies are illustrated in the ominous clouds hovering in the sky. A luminous moon stands in the center of the print, adding to the drama of the scene. A beautiful print with very fine detail and an famous subject.

The Cry of the Fox

Foxes were magical creatures in ancient Japan. They weren't necessary evil, but fond of practical jokes and it was best not to cross them. This print illustrates a tale where an old priest is transformed into a fox. Here the fox is appearing, still in the priest's robes. Yoshitoshi's design is wonderful. Every element has a symbolic meaning such as the seed-heads on the grasses drawn to look like "foxfires." Foxfires are flames that hang in the air around foxes and other supernatural beings. This Yoshitoshi image is an incredible work of art and a woodblock masterpiece. This print shows the subtle gradation of color, fine embossed detail on the flowering susaki grass in soft natural tones used in the earliest printings of this fantastic image. Later printings were done in brighter inks with less or none of the blended color technique seen in our fine original. This wonderful print is a great choice for a collector looking for an excellent printing of Yoshitoshi's "Cry of the Fox." A rare opportunity - bid now!

As the Moon Shines Serenely

A rare image, this original Yoshitoshi print depicts Minamoto no Tsunenobu and the leg of a giant demon striding away. While watching the full moon, Tsunenobu heard the sound of clothes being pounded and recited a poem. When he was finished, a giant demon appeared and responded with a poem. He then marched away, leaving Tsunenobu unharmed. Beautiful soft color and fine detail. A wonderful depiction of this magical story from ancient Japan.

Mt. Yoshino Midnight Moon

The winged ghost is that of Sasaki no Kiyotaka who was forced to commit suicide after ill conceived advise forcing the clan into war. Here, the ghost is confronted by the wife of a warrior who committed suicide after the ill-fated battle. The depiction of ht e ghost is great in tones of gray with blue lips (also the lip color on a cadaver). The moon is in eclipse adding to the eerie feeling of the scene.

The Moon Glimmers

Lovely, original Yoshitoshi print of Sugawara no Michizane, a statesman and poet at Heian court. Eventually, he was deified and became Tenjin, the Shinto god of music, literature and calligraphy. Here he is shown as a young boy, a gnarled plum tree blossoming behind him, the moon visible through the branches. Wonderful 100 Moons print with beautiful color and excellent detail.

The Moon at High Tide

A detailed print illustrating the popular folktale of the happy union between a long-married couple. The two stand at the seashore and mimic the vigor and long life that is attributed to the pine tree that they stand below. A beautiful print with very nice detail and soft color, a sweet subject and would make a nice addition to a collection of Japanese folklore.

An Iron Cauldron and the Moon at Night

A comical story of these two well-known villains, Kofuno no Gengo and Koshi Hanzo, deciding to steal a huge iron cooking pot. Seemingly unaware of the full moon illuminating their scheme, the pair begins banging and sawing at the pot as if they could break it into smaller, more easily concealed pieces. A great, charming comical print from an ancient tale and terrific illustration from the 100 Moon series.

The Moon of Ogurusu in Yamashiro

In this fine, original print, Yoshitoshi illustrates the story of Akechi Mitsuhide, an ambitious warrior who persuaded the emperor to name him shogun after his assassination of a rival. Toyotomi Hideyoshi, another rival, marched on Kyoto and repeatedly routed Mitsuhide's forces. As Mitsuhide fled to Kyoto following his defeats, he was ambushed by a group of peasants and killed. He was only shogun for 13 days. Here, Yoshitoshi illustrates a peasant laying in wait for Mitsuhide. A wonderful Yoshitoshi's print and fine illustration of the downfall of Mitsuhide. Lovely, softly colored print with strong wood grain visible in the background - an indication of an early print.

Suzaku Gate Moon

Wonderful night scene showing Minamoto no Hiromasa playing the flute with a stranger beneath the Suzakumon, a main gate near Kyoto. Trained by the blind master Semimaru to play as he did, Hiromasa learned to play as well as his master. A story was told of him where upon hearing thieves breaking into his house, Hiromasa hid under the floorboards. They took everything but a plain wooden flute. Upon them leaving, Hiromasa began to play the flute to settle his nerves, yet the thieves heard his music and were so moved by it that they returned all his valuables.

Itsukushima Moon

Wonderful, original Yoshitoshi 100 Moon print. This print depicts the main shrine on the island of Itsukushima, dedicated to the Shinto deity Susano-o, the god of the moon and sea. At high tide the pillars of the shrine and the huge entrance gate are partially underwater. The full moon illuminates the floating shrine as a courtesan approaches by boat to take part in the festivities and offerings to the gods.

Moon and Smoke

A fantastic series masterwork, a stunning design depicting a fireman in the foreground. He stands facing the roaring flames, proudly holding a matoi, or standard, above the flames to identify the location of his brigade. In 19th century Japan, crowded towns full of houses constructed of wood and paper were extremely vulnerable to fire. The fire fighting troops who fought these common blazes were considered exciting and colorful character and reached heroic status among the townspeople. This wonderful design is an incredible Yoshitoshi print. Collecting an original of this fantastic Yoshitoshi design is a very rare opportunity. If you've always wanted to own one of the 100 Moon masterworks, bid now.

Faith in the Third-day Moon

Fantastic, original Yoshitoshi print depicting Yukimori, a warrior who interested Yoshitoshi and is pictured several times in his woodblock prints. He was a great warrior who served his master faithfully- the lord of Izumo province. When the lord was defeat and killed, Yukimori dedicated his life to avenging him. Here is a great portrait of Yukimori known for his incredible strength. The moon here is in the crescent moon symbol on his helmet. The thin crescent moon that begins to show in the sky on the third day of each lunar month is considered lucky. Yukimori wore and image of this moon on his helmet. A fantastic samurai image and wonderful opportunity to collect this Yoshitoshi masterwork.

Moon of the Pleasure Quarters

Lovely, original Yoshitoshi print illustrating a courtesan and a young assistant in the Yoshiwara at night. Cherry blossoms fall through the scene and bloom in the trees above. Nighttime was when the Yoshiwara was most active, especially during the blooming of the cherry blossoms, when there were many parties and celebrations. The courtesan's face is hidden from our view, allowing interpretation and spurring curiosity of what she must be thinking looking at the young girl. Beautiful image and a wonderful Yoshitoshi print.

Gravemarker Moon

Lovely original Yoshitoshi print from his 100 Moon series depicting Ono no Komachi, a famous beauty and poetess of her day. The subject of many Noh plays, in this scene Komachi is shown as an old woman sitting atop a fallen gravemarker and contemplating her life. Lovely contemplative scene with fine color and excellent detail.

Cassia Tree Moon

Beautiful, original Yoshitoshi print depicting Wu Gang, a Taoist magician, pointing towards the moon, an axe in his hand. Wu Gang is the main character in a legend about magical cassia trees that grow on the moon. He was punished by the gods for misusing his magic and condemned to forever chop off the branches of the cassia tree, which immediately regenerated.

The Moon of Yamaki Mansion

A wonderful, original Yoshitoshi image illustrating the story of Kagekado, a retainer of the head of the Minamoto clan. A force had been sent to kill a leader of the rival Taira clan and destroy his mansion. Here, Kagekado sees Kanetaka's shadow through the sliding door and tricks him by putting his helmet on the end of his spear. Kanetaka swung at the helmet, leaving himself exposed and Kagekado killed him with his spear. A beautiful print.

Chikubushima Moon

This is a fantastic image of Tsunenmasa, lord of the Taria clan, deep in prayer at an island shrine. In this story from Tsunemasa's epic life, the young lord prays at the temple for victory over Minamoto clan. A gibbous moon rises over the water and illuminates the shrine in a silver lighting, and Tsunenmasa begins to play the biwa. The goddess of the shrine is so enchanted Tsunenmasa's music, and the young man playing under the silvery moon, that she promises him victory against the Minamoto clan the next day. This is a great image and a nice choice for someone interested in the fantastic samurai tradition.

The Yugao Chapter from "The Tale of Genji"

This incredible ghost image is one of the great masterpieces of Yoshitoshi's career and a series favorite. The print depicts the ghost of one of Genji's most mysterious and alluring loves- a woman he called Yugao (after the flowers) as she wouldn't tell him her name. The jealous spirit of one of Genji's former mistresses killed her. Here she floats through the image, a classic ghost depiction, and a flowering vine wraps around the figure and twists through the print. The full moon shines overhead.

Yoshitoshi's design is captivating. From the ghostly figure in muted tones to the twisting blooming vines, the print draws the viewer in. A fantastic opportunity to collect one of Yoshitoshi's true masterworks. This beautiful ghost print from the 100 Moon series is an outstanding Yoshitoshi design. It was the cover illustration for the Stevenson book on the 100 Moon series. Without question, this is one the greatest Japanese print images of all time.

The Moon Through a Crumbling Window

An interesting print of the Buddhist Daruma. Meditating below the glowing moon, Daruma sits in deep contemplation. His brown robe is depicted with the oxidized colors of red and brown and vines grow about him; the scene conveys his concentration against all seasonal changes. A nice print with a strong composition and fine detail.

Mount Ji Ming Moon

Zi Fang was a hero of the Chinese wars that led to the establishment of the Han dynasty. The story goes that after many indecisive skirmishes with the enemy, one night Zi Fang climbed to a mountain overlooking the enemy camp. He played melodies on the flute from the enemy's home province of Chu. He played so sweetly that the warriors were drawn to tears. Tired of fighting, 6000 of the 8000 man force gave up and left for home. The general of the opposing forces realized the futility of fighting on and surrendered. Yoshitoshi's illustration of the tale is wonderful. Zi Fang's robes softly billow in the direction of the enemy, his figure lit by a full moon. This print with the beautiful embossed detail in the robes seen only in the earliest printings.

Kitayama Moon

A fantastic Yoshitoshi design and a series masterwork, this incredible image depicting Toyohara Sumiaki, a musician in the court of Emperor Go-Kashiwabara. He is walking alone over the moors of North Kyoto and is approached by snarling wolves. Cornered, he begins to play a beautiful melody on his wooden flute, causing the wolves to hesitate and then to recede into the woods, pacified by the magic of the song. A wonderful Yoshitoshi design and captivating woodblock print. Originals of this beautiful image are highly sought after in the collecting world. Our print offered this evening with excellent original color, no fading, fine detail and in very good condition. A great choice for the discerning collector. If you've always wanted to own one of the 100 Moon masterworks, bid now.

Dawn Moon of the Shinto Rites

Gorgeous, colorful Yoshitoshi original from the 100 Moon series illustrating the Sanno Festival, a celebration every June coordinated around a Shinto full moon ritual. Shinto is a religion based around the worship of the natural world. The festival included parades and bright costumes of the natural gods. Beautiful print with fine color and excellent detail.

The Moon's Inner Vision

A fantastic image of Taira no Tomoume - the blind warrior. This is a fantastic illustration of his death battle as he fights off a blow directed at him from behind. A great print from the moon series showing the two warriors actively engaged in battle, the most furious action of any print in the series. A wonderful choice for a collector.

Mount Otowa Moon

This print depicting the warrior Sakanoe no Tamuramaro who died in 811 after a glorious career on the battlefield. He was honored as the Shinto god Tamura Myojin, or "Bright God Tamura", associated with Kiyomizu Temple on Mount Otowa. This print, which illustrates a scene from a Noh play entitled Tamura, shows the ghost of a young Tamura sweeping cherry petals on the grounds of the temple. Great ghost image from the 100 Moon series. This beautiful Yoshitoshi print printed with fine embossed detail in the figure's kimono and white cartouche. Note the printed design in front of the figure is part of the original printing as seen in books illustrating this fantastic print.

Takakura Moon

Lovely illustration of a great story of the escape of Prince Mochihito, son of Emperor Go-Shirakawa. Members of the Taira clan had seized the throne. Here, the prince escapes Takakura Mansion disguised as a woman just before soldiers arrived. The prince's retainer, Nobutsura watches as the prince and his brother escape. Nobutsura fought to defend the mansion and killed ten men before being overcome. He refused to tell where the prince had gone, even after torture. Impressed by his faithfulness, Taira no Kiyomori had him exiled rather than killed.

A Glimpse of the Moon

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.

Moon Capital

Terrific, original Yoshitoshi print depicting Ariko no Naishi, a lady in waiting at the Heian court. Here she sits strumming the strings of her lute and crying for unrequited love. She is preparing to throw herself from the boat into the choppy waters of Lake Biwa and drown herself. A wonderful Yoshitoshi design. A beautiful image and a great opportunity to buy a Yoshitoshi masterwork. This print was used for the cover of the Stevenson book in the second release of that book. Great opportunity to buy this Yoshitoshi masterwork. Bid now!

Inamura Promontory Moon at Daybreak

Terrific, original Yoshitoshi image of Nitta no Yoshisada, a former general of the Hojo army and supporter of Emperor Go-Daigo. When Emperor Go-Daigo escaped from captivity, Yoshisada allied himself and raised an army to fight the Hojo clan, his former allies. As they marched on the Hojo stronghold in Kamakura, they found themselves trapped on a narrow stretch of sand, between high cliffs and Hojo boats full of archers. Yoshisada prayed to the gods of the sea and cast his sword into the water to show his sincerity. When the sun rose, the tide retreated out far, leaving a pathway along the sand towards Kamakura. Wonderful print with beautiful color and fine detail.

The Moon of the Milky Way

This is a fantastic image from the famous story that is the basis for the Tanabata festival in Japan. Yoshitoshi's illustration shows the evening when the constellations of the Weaver Maiden and Herdsboy cross in the sky and meet briefly. Here the lovers stand on banks of clouds. Yoshitoshi shows them in human from staring into each other's eyes for the brief moment before they separate not to meet again for a year. This is a great print.

Moon Over the Pine Forest of Mio

Classic, original Yoshitoshi print depicting the warrior Takeda Shingen seated and looking out across the Mio forest, Mt. Fuji rising beyond. Shown in a fierce helmet, sword at his side, Takeda spent much of his life trying to win access to the sea for his landlocked province. The Mio pine forest and Mt. Fuji were considered the largest obstacles to his success. Lovely embossed detail in the white hair of his helmet and subtle varnished pattern on his red robe. A beautiful print.

Moon of the Enemy's Lair

Fantastic, original Yoshitoshi print depicting Prince Usu, a warrior hero of Japan. In the story depicted here, Prince Usu snuck into an enemy compound and slew their leaders, soon after conquering their territories. In this terrific night scene, Prince Usu is shown infiltrating an enemy building dressed as a woman in a kimono decorated with flowers. With a sword held behind his back, Prince Usu pulls aside a curtain and peers inside. Fantastic scene and wonderful example of Yoshitoshi's work.

Theater District Dawn Moon

Fantastic, original Yoshitoshi depiction of dawn in Shibaimachi, the theater district in Edo. A young woman in the foreground wearing a fine kimono hurries home, the moon still in the sky and the horizon glowing orange just prior to dawn. Beautiful print and a great chance to own a print from Yoshitoshi's 100 Moon series.

Akazome Emon Viewing the Moon

A wonderful 100 Moon print depicting Akazome Emon, a well-known noblewoman and poet of the Heian court. Despondent after a long, restless night awaiting her lover, she writes:

I wish I had gone to bed immediately but now the night has passed and I watch the moon descend

The poem implies that peace of mind has been denied her because she has been waiting for her lover to visit. She would have gone to sleep if she had known that he would not come, but instead she stayed up all night hoping. Classic Yoshitoshi illustration of an ancient story. Beautiful 100 Moon print.

Hazy Night Moon

A fantastic 100 Moon print and one of the series masterworks, this incredible piece depicting the ghost of the renegade priest Kumasaka Chohan. Kumasaka was killed during a thwarted attempt to steal from a gold merchant at an inn in Akasaka. The ghost begins to appear to a Buddhist priest in the Akasaka area. In this incredible design, the ghost stands dressed in a priest hat, a fierce mask, and elaborate robes. His trousers bear the designs of thunderbolts. The ghost strikes a dramatic and tense pose with glaring eyes, carrying a huge pole arm. A terrific print from the 100 Moon series and a piece highly sought after by collectors. Our beautiful original with excellent color as shown, not at all faded, and fine detail. A wonderful choice for the discerning collector.

Bon Festival Moon

Fantastic Yoshitoshi print from the One Hundred Aspects of the Moon series. The men and women in this scene are shown performing a traditional Bon Festival dance. The Bon Festival is devoted to the dead, but it is a happy occasion during which the spirits of the deceased are believed to return to the world of the living to feast and celebrate. Lovely soft color in this beautiful Yoshitoshi original.

Glimmering Whiteness

Lovely, tranquil Yoshitoshi original from the 100 Moon series depicting Fujiwara no Kinto, a son of a politician and a poet at court. Here he is shown in a courtyard of the imperial palace after snow in early spring. He carries on his fan, a branch of a plum tree that was blossoming beneath the snow. A terrific print with a lovely black on black detail on his robe.

Huai River Moon

Beautiful, original Yoshitoshi print illustrating the story of Wu Zixu, a Chinese general in ancient China. The King of Chu killed his brother and father. When the King finally died, Wu paid a fisherman to help him find the tomb along the Huai River. He found the tomb, pulled the king's body from it and had it whipped 300 times to avenge his family.

Streetwalker in Autumn Moonlight

Beautiful, original Yoshitoshi of a streetwalker by the riverside, clutching her headscarf between her teeth to keep the wind from blowing it away. She wanders by the river bank, a straw mat tucked under her arm. Terrific detail in the clouds drifting over the moon. Lovely scene.

The Moon and the Helm of a Boat

In this lovely, original Yoshitoshi, Kiyotsune (son of the Taira leader) contemplates the fate of his ruined family after the complete and bitter defeat of the Taira Clan in 1183. Here he composes himself by playing the flute before committing suicide. He sits at the high stern of his warship. In the distance are other boats of the Taira fleet. A fantastic image of the young Kiyotsune in the moments before the end of his life.

Lady Gosechi

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.

Mount Tobisu Dawn Moon

A general stands at a lookout point watching his troops engage in battle below. A human skull stands on the end of spear and represents his standard. An imposing figure in dark colors against the light blue sky. With nice colors and a strong composition, Yoshitoshi illustrates the drama of battle.

Sumiyoshi Full Moon

Fantastic print showing the 13th century Japanese poet Teika having fallen asleep at the Shinto shrine at Sumiyoshi. Teika was highly respected for his poetry as well as his editing of the Tale of Genji. The shrine was dedicated to the god of poetry and in this lovely scene, the deity appears before him in robes. Lovely print.

The Night is Still

A luxurious scene of a long-necked noblewoman instructing her attendant to roll up the bamboo blinds. A full moon stands against the pale blue sky. The interior of the home is illustrated in vibrant colors of red, yellow, and green. A beautiful print in rich tones and fine detail.

The Full Moon Coming with a Challenge

Lovely, original Yoshitoshi print depicting the otokodate Fukami Jikyu. The otokodate or "chivalrous men" were often young men who took into their own hands the cause of upholding justice. Beautiful composition with falling cherry blossoms, the full moon and the bright, bold colors of his kimono. The black kimono with a fantastic black on black patterning. Very nice.

Gen'i in Thought

The priest Gen'i sits in contemplation of the moon. Printed in the cartouche:

Usually I dislike a cloudy sky Tonight I realize that a cloudy sky Makes me appreciate the light of the moon

The high priest was an influential personal in the politically tumultuous 16th century Japan. Both politically astute and spiritually connected, Yoshitoshi depicts Gen'i during a quiet moment of thought. The moon is tucked behind the bamboo blinds, while the blue of the sky creates a soft tone over the print.

Reading by the Moon

Fine, original Yoshitoshi depiction of Zi Lou, a disciple of Confucius. Zi Lou was one of China's Twenty-four Paragons of Filial Piety. Born from a poor family and self-educated, Zi Lou carried large bags over long distances to his parents, securing his status as a paragon of filial piety. Here he is shown reading and carrying a sack of rice for his parents. Beautiful print with soft color and exquisite detail.

Yorimasa Watches the Monster Approach

Fantastic, original Yoshitoshi scene depicting the hero Minomoto no Torimasa. He crouches, bow by his side, looking into the sky and watching the approach of the nue. The nue was a fantastic beast that had been attacking the imperial palace and tormenting the emperor. Yorimasa shot and killed the beast with one arrow. Fantastic print.

Spirit of the Plum Tree

Yoshitoshi depicts the Spirit of the Plum tree as was originally mused about in a Chinese poem. The woman is shown with a double chin and a conventional beauty, which was the preferred female aesthetic of the Chinese Tang dynasty. Her kimono is embossed and is printed with fine detail. The light shade of pink creates a nice complement to the gray sky and adds to the feminine subject of the spirit.

Received Back into Moon Palace

This wonderful scene depicting the Tale of the Bamboo Cutter, which tells of an old bamboo basket maker and his childless wife who adopt an abandoned baby girl. In celebration of her radiant beauty, the couple named her Kaguyahime, or "Shining Princess." Many suitors, including the emperor, sought her hand in marriage. She finally revealed that she was the daughter of Joga, Queen of the Moon, and that she had to return to her realm in the heavens. As her attendants escort Princess Kaguya back to the moon, the old bamboo cutter pleads for her to stay.

Gojo Bridge Moon

A great image and Yoshitoshi original depicting Minamoto no Yoshitsune in his youth. This print shows a scene from the story of Yoshitsune meeting Benkei on Gojo Bridge. Benkei had been stealing the swords from warriors who crossed the bridge in order to make himself one incredible sword. Yoshitsune is shown leaping high into the sky to evade Benkei's attempts to steal his sword, the moon seen behind him. Beautiful colors in this fine print.

Moon of Enlightenment

Fine print depicting the god of happiness and good fortune, Hotei. He is often depicted with his round belly exposed as he is seen here. He reclines against a bag that was supposedly filled with treasures. Hotei points at the moon above.

The Moon of the Moor

Beautiful illustration of a classic Japanese story. In this original Yoshtoshi print, Fujiwara no Yasumasa strolls in the moonlight playing his flute. Yasumasa's brother, an outlaw, creeps up behind him in order to steal his robes, but before he attacked, he was enchanted by Yasumasa's music. Lovely image of the moon partially blocked by clouds. A fantastic illustration of the tale of the Moon of the Moor and a great Yoshitoshi 100 Moon design. This image is a variation on Yoshitoshi's masterwork triptych Fujiwara no Yasumasa and is a wonderful opportunity to collect a Yoshitoshi masterwork.

Nakamaro Views the Moon in China

During the Nara period, exchange between Japan and China was increasingly common. However traveling between the two countries could be very dangerous, often leaving Japanese visitors stranded in China for years at a time. Abe no Nakamaro (701 - 770) was sent to China to study mathmatics but through a series of unfortunate events was never able to return to his homeland. One night, he composed a poem to express his homesickness for Japan:

As I look out into the plains of heaven, can this be the same moon I saw rise in Kasuga behind Mount Mikasa?

Fantastic Yoshitoshi illustration capturing Nakamura's longing for the beauty of Japan.

Katada Bay Moon

Lovely night scene depicting Kuranosuke, a former retainer of Mitsuhide, who assassinated Nobunaga and was then promptly killed. Mitsuhide's followers were scattered and fled to escape retribution. Here Kuranosuke stands with his horse at Katada, having discarded some of his armor during his escape. Beautifully colored print with fine detail in Kuranosuke's armor.

Shizu Peak Moon

Terrific image of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, one of Japan's greatest military leaders. In this original Yoshitoshi, Hideyoshi is illustrated sounding a conchshell to signal the attack of his forces. A morning moon is still visible on the horizon and Shizugatake Hill rises behind. Fantastic detail on Hideyoshi's armor in this print.

Joganden Moon

Incredible depiction of Minamoto no Tsunemoto, famous archer of the 10th century. He was known from a story of protecting the emperor one day when a demon in the form of a huge stag appeared and tried to attack the emperor. A well aimed arrow from Tsunemoto between the eyes of the beast brought it down. Here, Yoshitoshi depicts Tsunemoto killing not a demon deer, but just a normal one, suggesting that perhaps the story had been exaggerated.

Moon of the Southern Sea

A wonderful Buddhist image from the 100 Moon series. This print depicting the Bodhisattva of mercy and compassion who is known in China as Guanyin and in Japan as Kannon. This scene reflects Kannon's Buddhist origins in India as Avalokitesvara. One of Avalokitesvara's dwelling places on earth was a rocky promontory called Potalaka off the south coast of India. In Japan, this "southern sea" Kannon is revered by sailors and fishermen.

Seson Temple Moon

Tranquil, original Yoshitoshi print from the 100 Moon series depicting the Prince Yoshitaka meditating at Seson Temple near Kyoto. A brilliant poet, Yoshitaka eventually gave it up to focus on his Buddhist studies and avoid the jealousy of his brother Agechika. Beautiful print and a great chance to own a print from Yoshitoshi's 100 Moon series.

Mount Ashigara Moon

Beautiful original image from Yoshitoshi's 100 Moon series depicting Minamoto no Yoshimitsu seated and playing the sho, a mouth organ made with bamboo reeds. Mount Ashiagara rises behind him. His kimono is printed in a beautiful oxidizing pigment. A lovely, classic Yoshitoshi design.

Ishiyama Moon

Beautiful, original Yoshitoshi print depicting Murasaki Shikibu at the temple of Ishiyama overlooking Lake Biwa. Murasaki became famous for writing "The Tale of Genji." Here she is shown seeking inspiration to write her novel. Beautifully colored violet robe in this print.

Mount Miyaji Moon

Wonderful, original Yoshitoshi print depicting Fujiwara no Moronaga , a politician in 12th century Japan. He made a habit of offending Kiyomori, the leader at the time, and often found himself exiles from Kyoto. In this fine print, Moronaga plays the biwa in the wilderness of Mount Miyaji while exiles from Kyoto. A woman passes by in the background, clearly surprised by Moronaga's music in the wilderness.

Jade Rabbit

The monkey here is the immortal monkey who accompanied Triptaka on his journey from China to India in the seventh century to collect Buddhist scriptures. Here he is playing with the rabbit on the moon. This is a fantastic Yoshitoshi design of these two characters, often considered the masterpiece of his 100 Aspects of the Moon series.

Lady Chiyo

Love illustration of a classic Japanese poem by the poetess Chiyo. The poem reads: "morning-glories have taken my bucket so I ask for water." Chiyo is shown here in a stylish kimono, a fruit tree overhead. The water which would have reflected the moon has spilled out across the ground. Lovely print.

Moon Through a Bamboo Lattice Window

A wonderful, original Yoshitoshi print illustrating the story of Hidetsugu, adopted son of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, a great military leader. Here Hidetsugu sits in quiet meditation at the temple on Mount Kora, where he was imprisoned following the birth of a true son to his adoptive father. Beautiful design and lovely soft color in this amazing print.

Shinobugaoka Moon

A scene at Shinobugaoka in Tokyo during the cherry blossom season. During this season it is customary to picnic and partake in festivals around Japan. A young samurai stands as the main subject in this scene, a kimono blowing at his side in the wind. The kimono is drawn with a seaside subject and reveals a picnic box below. A very nice print with a typical Japanese subject, would be a nice addition to a collection.

Lunacy - Unrolling Letters

A print reflecting the tradition of unrolling letters in the hot summer months so that they may air out. The young woman is holding onto letters that have been written by a lover that has recently died. The spiraling paper and the woman's expressionless face convey a strong sense of grief. A beautifully designed and colored print with a compelling subject.

Rainy Moon

A subtle print depicting Kojima Takanori sitting below a budding cherry blossom tree. The vertical lines imply rain while the moon shines dimly in the sky. Takanori, the lord of the Bizen province, sits and prays for the success of Emperor Go-Daigo, a famous story of the trouble period of the 14th century in Japanese history. A fine print with nice detail and an interesting history, would make a good choice for a collector.

Dawn Moon and Tumbling Snow

Fantastic image from the story of The Forty-seven Ronin. This original Yoshitoshi print illustrates the last scene of play when the Ronin attacked Moronao's compound. Shown here is Kobayashi Heihachiro, one of Moronao's retainers, desperately fending off the attacks of the Ronin. Beautiful soft color and fine detail in this print.

Moon of the Filial Son

Great original print depicting the figure of Ceng Shen, a disciple of Confucius. It was said that while in the woods, Ceng Shen felt that his mother needed him. He hurried home and discovered that his mother had bitten her finger hard because she missed him so greatly. He was also known to have divorced his wife because she served his mother poorly cooked food. Lovely illustration of Ceng Shen in his moment of fame, looking across the horizon towards his home. Great soft colors and fine detail.

Moon of the Red Cliffs

Lovely depiction of the red cliffs, famous site of the defeat of Cao Cao, a Chinese warrior and adventurer. This print shows a group from the Chinese court on a boat tour of the red cliffs, the full moon high above. The cliffs loom above as the boat drifts by, a passenger playing the flute.

Moon of the Third Hour

Original Yoshitoshi print from the 100 Moon series showing Uesugi Kenshin seated in full army on the night before a battle. In the background, a flock of geese cross before the moon while Kenshin watches. Uesugi was known for his rivalry with Takeda Shingen and became the subject of literature and theater.

Summer Night Moon

A wonderful, original Yoshitoshi print from his 100 Moon series depicting the General Akashi Gidayu preparing to commit ritual suicide. In the face of defeat, suicide was considered an honorable option. After a major defeat, General Akashi was ordered not to kill himself by his commander, but he disobeyed. His poem reads:

As I am about to enter the ranks of those who disobey; ever more brightly shines the moon of the summer night.

Cloth Beating Moon

Beautiful, original Yoshitoshi print depicting a woman of high rank beating cloth. The noise of beating cloth, to soften it or wash, was associated in Japanese culture with a woman waiting for her husband to return. Though it is a lowly work, the mistress beats the cloth to busy herself while she waits for her husband to return.

Moon of the Lonely House

A stunning design from a story that haunted Yoshitoshi throughout his lifetime. An old lady of high rank served a lord who had a strange disease. The only cure was the blood of children born in a certain month. She roamed the countryside for her master finding and killing children to fulfill his need. Here, the old woman peers around the corner of the room of her next victim. She is ugly and haggard, and intent on her prey. The moon lights the dark sky over her head- an altogether eerie composition. An amazing design from this story and a Yoshitoshi masterpiece.

Think of Love

In this fine, original Yoshitoshi print, Taira no Tadanori has come to his mistress' quarters on a moonlit night and finds her occupied with a guest. He waits impatiently outside, making noise with his fan. She can hear, but cannot get rid of her guest and eventually he gives up and leaves. Lovely soft color and fine detail in this print.

Moon of Kintoki's Mountain

Great print depicting the story of Kintaro, a baby abandoned by his parents at birth near Mount Fuji. He was raised by Yamauba, half-woman, half-spirit who lived in the mountains where he was abandoned. He grew up with animals as friends and in this print he referees a wrestling match between a monkey and a rabbit. Later, Kintaro was discovered by Yorimitsu and taken off to adventure as a hero under the name Kintoki.

Under the Moonflower Bower

A peasant couple relaxes at the end of a summer day with their infant child. Yoshitoshi depicts the couple without political or comical overtones, but instead with sympathy and affection. The man leans back with a kettle of sake while the woman's light jacket falls off of her shoulder, perhaps she is nursing the baby whose head is seen between the couple. A nice print with a lovely subject, the light blues and green imbue the print with a feeling a calm.

Horin Temple Moon

A print illustrating a discontented love between Yokobue and the young guard who she loves. She has just traveled to the temple where he retreated to become a monk and refused to meet her. The print is filled with emotion and movement as the wind blows against her detailed kimono. With nice colors and strong details, Yoshitoshi creates a beautiful composition around this sad love story.

Kazan Temple Moon

Terrific, original Yoshitoshi print depicting the Emperor Kazan, leaving the imperial grounds before dawn to take the vows of a priest at Gangyo Temple, later renamed after him. When he became emperor as a teenager, he was seen as a threat to the Fujiwara clan, a powerful political force in Japan at that time. A politician talked him into joining the priesthood and giving up his throne. Beautiful Yoshitoshi print.

Musashi Plain Moon

In ancient Japan, the Musashi Plain was thought to be haunted by magical foxes that would gather on the New Year. In his famous final print of "One Hundred Famous Views of Edo," Hiroshige depicted foxes gathering around a sacred pine on the edge of the Musashi Plain, small flames known as "foxfires" floating among them. Powerful magical abilities were often attributed to foxes. They were believed to be capable of taking on human appearance and mystically charming men. Often, unexplainable events were attributed to foxes. Here, a fox gazes into her reflection in the river behind her. The full moon rises behind and the underbrush is only visible in silhouette against the moonlit night sky. The night is full of possibilities for mischief and trickery for the fox. Evocative night scene with wonderful muted colors and subtle shading. This Yoshitoshi image is an incredible work of art and a woodblock masterpiece. An incredible opportunity to purchase this original Yoshitoshi masterwork print. Yoshitoshi's Musashi Plain Moon is one of his finest works and highly sought after by collectors. If you've always wanted to own a Yoshitoshi masterpiece, bid now!

Monkey Music Moon

Each New Year, the emperor's goodwill envoy was sent to the shogun's castle in Edo. For entertainment, the ruling family always arranged for a great Noh performance. The invited wealthy townspeople would gather at the castle gates at dawn to ensure good seating. In this fantastic design, a samurai stands stiffly viewing the crowd run by. His self-contained dignity contrasts with the liveliness of the crowd. Wonderful image from old Edo and beautiful Yoshitoshi 100 Moon print.

A Buddhist Monk Receives Cassia Seeds on a Moonlit Night

Beautiful, original Yoshitoshi print depicting one of Buddha's original disciples catching the seeds from the cassia trees that grew on the moon. The cassia tree was known for its constant regeneration and because of this, the seeds were considered to represent immortality. Beautiful dragon designs on the monk's robes. A fantastic print from the 100 Moon series.

Moon on the Sumida River

Fantastic, original Yoshitoshi print of the famous actor Mizuki Tatsunosuke, a man who specialized in playing female roles. He is shown here dressed in an elegant kimono, enjoying a stroll along the river underneath the cherry blossoms. Beautiful print with fine color and excellent detail.

The Moon's Invention

A wonderful print of the Monk In'ei, head priest of the Hozo Temple in Nara. He was famous for inventing the distinctive crescent shaped spear. Here, Yoshitoshi suggests the inspiration for the spear as he glances into the water and views the crescent moon reflected with his long staff. Fantastic Yoshitoshi design.

Chofu Village Moon

A scene of two women beating freshly woven cloth to make it softer along the bank of one of the Jewel rivers. A lovely print conveying the serene scene of women working in the soft evening light. With fine color and detail, a nice composition of a village scene against the sparkling river.

The Moon and the Abandoned Old Woman

Terrific, original Yoshitoshi image, a pine tree dominating the foreground, the moon hidden by a branch. In the background, a young man carries an old woman up the hill. In poor, rural communities, it was often the habit to abandon old people when they could no longer care for themselves. Here, the young man carries the elderly woman up the hill to leave her there to die.

The Moon's Four Strings

A fantastic Yoshitoshi print depicting Semimaru, a tenth century blind poet and musician of noble birth whose mastery of the arts and melancholy existence made him a popular subject of theater productions centuries later. Semimaru is shown here tuning a string on his lute at his mountain cottage near Kyoto. It was here that he chose to live in self-imposed isolation from the rest of the world. Considered one of the most finely detailed and printed images of the series. This wonderful Yoshitoshi print manages to capture the loneliness and solitude of the scene.

Saga Moor Moon

Great image depicting the story of Kogo no Tsubone, a renowned koto player in the court of Emperor Takakura. The emperor became infatuated with her and she fled from the court to escape the wrath of the empress' father. The search for her was unsuccessful until an accompanist at court found her in Saga. Here they are shown playing together under the full moon. A wonderful story and a fabulous print with fine detail.

Since the Crescent Moon

A print of the great Japanese haiku poet, Matsuo Basho, speaking with two farmers during his time traveling. The poet is remembered for exploring the meaning and beauty of a mundane and inexplicable world. Here Yoshitoshi has depicted him speaking with two farmers whose difficult life is implied by the bony and blueish-colored jaw. Yoshitoshi's illustration is beautiful: fine soft colors shade the print while the composition of the men creates a contemplative scene.