Moon Seen through Leaves, 1840s

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Judging from the series title for this print, the intention was to design twenty-eight images inspired by the moon. Today, only two designs are known, suggesting that the publisher abandoned the idea shortly after beginning. For this image, Hiroshige was inspired by a poem originally published in the Wakan Rōeishū (Anthology of Chinese and Japanese Poems for Recitation), compiled in the 11th century by the courtier Fujiwara Kintō: It is not unbearable to see maple leaves fall, Scattering on the mass-covered ground. It is unbearable to feel the wind grow chilly And see the whole sky darkening. (trans. by Yoko Woodson)

Moon Seen through Leaves
Artist Life
1797 - 1858
Accession Number
Catalogue Raisonne
Ukiyo-e shūka 14 (1981), Hiroshige list, p. 241, large tanzaku #1.1
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