The Mokuhankan Collection


Moon Viewing
Book page   (Part of the set: Flowers of the Seasons)

Kitagawa Utamaro
Yoshikawa Kōbunkan



Two elegantly dressed courtesans admire a full moon, one smoking a pipe, as a third faces away, perhaps towards a guest, and sips sake from a shallow cup. She has a shamisen on her lap and is perhaps about to strike up the next tune. The sliding screens are open, giving us the image of a warm night, but perhaps there is a cool breeze, suggesting the change of seasons, as one courtesan perching on the balcony seems to pull her clothes a little closer around her and the matsu pine tree in the foreground is starting to lose its needles.

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