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The Ukiyo-e Moon

During the Edo period (1603-1868), ukiyo-e (浮世絵/"floating world pictures"), woodblock cuts exploded in popularity across Japan.
Throughout the Edo period, the moon remained a very popular subject for ukiyo-e art. Scenes of nightlife in Edo (modern-day Tokyo) and Kyoto and prints depicting a gigantic moon (or 'ukiyo-e moon') floating over houses, temples, and Japanese landmarks were hugely popular.
The Rimpa school was known for its half-moons, which adorned many of their paintings. Perhaps the most famous series with the ukiyo-e moon as a theme is Tsukioka Yoshitoshi's "One Hundred Aspects of the Moon" series. Most sets of the series published in 1885 underneath a full moon. "One Hundred Aspects of the Moon" was one of the last of the great ukiyo-e series to be published.
"A fairy moon and a lonely shore"
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[Moon viewing at Shinagawa]

Print shows men and women eating and entertaining while looking at the full moon at a large building or pavilion in Shinagawa, on the Tōkaidō Road.

Chūshū

Print shows two women, one sitting, the other reclining, on a bench between blossoming plants and beneath a full moon.

Kōyō saruhashi no zu

Print shows steep cliffs with a bridge spanning the chasm above an inlet, with view of full moon between the cliffs.

Seba

Print shows two men poling sampans on the Ohta River beneath a full moon.

Tamagawa no shūgetsu

Print shows people on shore and in boats fishing on the Tama River beneath a full moon.

Tsuki

Print shows a woman and a young girl looking at a full moon.

Sumida gawa no tsuki

Print shows a full moon shining on pedestrians crossing a bridge over inlet with boats and buildings nearby, and the Sumida River and mountains in the background.

Jūgo

Print shows a man and a woman walking along a roadway illuminated by lanterns, at night under a full moon; on the left is a male servant carrying a sword.

Yumiharizuki

Print shows a bridge spanning a steep canyon with a crescent moon visible between the canyon walls.

Gekka momo ni tsubakura

Print shows two sparrows with peach blossoms and a full moon.

Aki no tsuki

Print shows view across the landscape from a building of the full moon above a body of water with boats and a large hill.

Takanawa tsuki no kei

Print shows full moon shining on boats in harbor and many people walking between buildings on the beach.

Kanagawa

Print shows a view of ships in a harbor and an inn under a full moon on the coast at the Kanagawa station on the Tōkaidō Road.

Saruwaka-machi yoru no kei

Print shows pedestrians on a commercial street at night beneath a full moon.

Kyōbashi takegashi

Print shows pedestrians crossing the Kyō Bridge as a man poles a boat on the river below, with long pieces of bamboo along the bank on the left, and a full moon overhead.

Tsuki no misaki

Print shows the view through two open sliding panels of a porch with large body of water beyond, several boats at anchor beneath a full moon; the shadow of a woman is visible on the left sliding panel and a lam... more

Ishiyama no shūgestu

Print shows bird's-eye view of the Buddhist temple at Ishiyama-dera, and a building on a bluff, also a bridge across the Seta River (the same bridge as in Evening glow at Seta), and mountains in the distance, u... more

Tsuki no misaki

Print shows the view through two open sliding panels of a porch with large body of water beyond, several boats at anchor beneath a full moon; the shadow of a woman is visible on the left sliding panel.

Kyōbashi takegashi

Print shows pedestrians crossing the Kyō Bridge as a man poles a boat on the river below, with long pieces of bamboo along the bank on the left, and a full moon overhead.

Sugawara no Michizane

Print shows Sugawara Michizane, full-length, standing next to a tree beneath a full moon, writing poetry.

Kōshi no tsuki

Print shows Ono no Takamura tying a bundle of firewood as he looks toward the moon rising above buildings in the distance, possibly his parents home.

Inabayama no tsuki

Print shows a warrior climbing Mount Inaba by the light of a full moon.

Yūgao dana nōryō zu

Print shows a couple in the country with a child and a teapot, sitting on a mat beneath a trellis covered with yūgao vines, enjoying the full moon.

Waisui no tsuki

Print shows the Chinese general Wu Zixu talking to a fisherman sitting on the shore of the Huai River, who tells him the location of the grave of the man who murdered the general's father.

Jōga hongetsu

Print shows a female deity, Chang-e, full-length, holding a vial of the elixir of immortality, as she rides on clouds to the moon.

Semimaru

Print shows Prince Semimaru tuning a lute by the light of a full moon at his mountain retreat on Mount Ausaka.

Tamausagi songokū

Print shows Son Goku, a monkey sometimes known as the Monkey King, holding a spiked sceptre and glaring at the Moon Rabbit, who apparently lives on the moon.

Daimotsu kaijō no tsuki

Print shows a Musashibo Benkei praying to appease the gods and calm the rough seas so that his ship may cross Daimotsu Bay safely.

"A fairy moon and a lonely shore"

Print shows a man with a shoulder pole walking along a moonlite shore.

[Fūkeiga]

Print shows a moonlight night with a man poling a small boat as the moon rises from behind a grove of trees.

Tsuki ni tomari fune

Print shows sailboats at dock and low buildings under the light of a full moon.

[Fūkeiga]

Print shows a moonlight night with small boats heading toward village and a flock of geese flying overhead.

[Fūkeiga]

Print shows a moonlight night with small boats heading toward village and a flock of geese flying overhead.

[Fūkeiga]

Print shows a moonlight scene on a river with boats.

Yoru no fukagawa sanbashi

Print shows a person standing on a dock attached to a building, a small boat with passengers arriving or departing, under a full moon.

[Fūkeiga]

Print shows a moonlight scene along a river with people fishing, in boats, and walking along the shore.