Tsukioka Yoshitoshi, (1839-1892)
One Hundred Aspects of the Moon: Moon of Pure Snow at Asano River, Chikako, the Filial Daughter
(Tsuki hyakushi: Asanogawa seisetsu no tsuki - Kojo Chikako)
signed Yoshitoshi with artist's seal Yoshitoshi, engraver's mark Enkatsu, and published by Akiyama Buemon, 1885
oban tate-e 13 7/8 by 9 1/2 in., 35.2 by 24.1 cm
Chikako was the daughter of Zeniya Gohei (1798-1855) a lumber and rice merchant from Kaga province who in 1851 became involved with a failed land reclamation project in Kahoku Lake, south of Kanazawa. The following year a number of dead fish surfaced near the project, and some people died after eating the fish. Gohei was blamed for both the financial disaster from the project and the local deaths; he was arrested and thrown into jail. His daughter Chikako prayed for his release and drowned herself in the Asano River in a futile gesture of filial piety. Her father died while incarcerated and her brother was beheaded.
Reference: One Hundred Aspects of the Moon, 2001, cat. no. 10
John Stevenson, Yoshitoshi's
One Hundred Aspects of the Moon, 2001, cat. no. 10
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