The series dates from towards the end of Yoshitoshi's career, when he was about forty-four years old. It thus dates from just slightly before his well-known masterpieces such as his great series "One Hundred Aspects of the Moon" (1885-1892), and "New Forms of Thirty-Six Ghosts" (often called simply "Thirty-Six Ghosts") (1889-1892).
After Yoshitoshi moved to Tokyo's Nezu district in 1880, he began to frequent the fashionable Daishorō brothel. One courtesan there, called Maboroshidayū (Phantom Lady), was a particular favourite of his. In this series, Yoshitoshi featured the Daishorō and Maboroshidayū. (One night, after he performed an unspecified act with her, she presented him with a bill for 100 yen - an enormous sum, one year's salary for him from the newspaper EiriJiyū for his prints for them. It is not known whether this was simply a result of her need for money, or was related to the unspecified act.)
Roger. S. Keyes, "Courage and Silence: A Study of the Life and Color Woodblock Prints of Tsukioka Yoshitoshi 1839-1892", Cinncinnati, 1982where it appears as series #458; he listed only three prints in the series. We use the Keyes numbers to order the prints below.
This page (and list) is not necessarily complete; the series is not well documented, and there may be yet other prints which have not yet come to our attention. If you know of any prints from this series which aren't listed here, or have either i) information about any errors on the page, ii) better images than the ones below, or iii) missing information about individual prints (e.g. publisher, exact date), please let us know.
If we have a higher-quality image, that image can be viewed by clicking on the "Large Image" link, which gives the size of the image (for the benefit of those on slow links). For this series, which consists of triptychs, we provide large images of each individual print in the triptch (in order left, center and right).
|Thumbnail||Large image||Number||Date||Title (Kanji)||Title (Rōmaji)||Title (English)||Description||236KB
|#1||1883/9||夏 根津 庄やしき 大松楼||Natsu: Nezu hanayashiki Daishōrō||Summer: The Daishōrō 'flower garden' in Nezu||The labels identify the four courtesans in the foreground as Kagetsu, Yoneju, Nakagawa and Shingaku; they are taking their ease bathing, with one reading a love letter.|
|#2||1883/12||冬 根津 庄やしき 大松楼||Fuyu: Nezu hanayashiki Daishōrō||Winter: The Daishōrō 'flower garden' in Nezu||Maboroshidayū with a snow rabbit; Umematsu is playing the shamisen.|
|#3||1884/3||春 荏原郡 原村 立春 梅 図||Haru: Ebara-gun Hara-mura risshun ume zu||Spring: View of the plums on the first day of spring at Hara Village in the Ebara District|
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