Yoshitoshi Tsukioka - One Hundred Views Of The Moon
Yoshitoshi Tsukioka (1839-1892) was an ukiyo-e artist in the late Tokugawa and early Meiji periods. While specializing first and foremost in warrior pictures and historical depictions in the style of his master Kuniyoshi Utagawa, he was also active in other genres, including bijin-ga portraits of beautiful women, and caricature.
'One Hundred Aspects of the Moon' represents the final stage of his career. As the title suggests, the series comprises a total of one hundred items, telling all sorts of stories related to the moon in one way or another. The broad range of characters appearing in these varied stories includes women in the Heian period, generals in the Sengoku period, and common people in the Edo period, and also ghosts and other mythical creatures.
Gorgeous colour repro on soft paper with belly band. Japanese with some English translation.