Artist: Yoshitoshi Tsukioka (1839-1892)
Title: Theatre District Dawn Moon (Shibaimachi no akatsuki)
Series: One Hundred Aspects of the Moon
Publisher: Akiyama Buemon
Size: 24.6 x 36.3 cm
This print captures the mood of early morning in the Shibaimachi, the theatre district of Tokyo, where a night of entertainment is coming to an end. The stylish lady seems to be in a hurry. Elegant silhouettes can be seen in the background, probably on their way home. The promenaders have jackets over their kimonos and the lady in the foreground wears several layers of clothes, to the early morning air must be brisk.
The lady’s blackened teeth and her hair style suggest that she is married. Her underlip is green, a detail often found in ukiyo-e prints with an aesthetic appeal that made it fashionable at the time. The sky has the purple glow of sunrise and the flatness of the colours suggest a misty air.