Trivium Art HistoryTsukioka Yoshitoshi

100 Aspects, No 10. Moon of pure snow at Asano River

100 Aspects, No 10. Moon of pure snow at Asano River, 1885 — Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
36.8 cm24.1 cm

100 Aspects, No 10. Moon of pure snow at Asano River is an Edo Period, Wood Block Print Printmaking created by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi in 1885. The image is in the Public Domain, and tagged Moon, and 100 Aspects of the Moon. Source

The girl plunging into the icy Asano River with her hands clasped in prayer is Chikako. She hopes that her suicide will persuade government officials to release her father, Zeniya Gohei (1773-1855), from prison. However, her sacrifice fails to impress the authorities, and her father eventually dies in prison. Two startled cranes, often seen as a symbol of justice and longevity, are fleeing from the scene. Together with the reeds they form an essential part of the beautiful triangular design. Stevenson* notes that Yoshitoshi uses flying birds in several designs where death is present: e.g. prints #3, #9, and the present design.

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