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Yamashiro, snow at Fushimi, Lady Tokiwa, Otowaka
Alternative Title
Snow, moon, flowers; Setsu gekka: Yamashiro, Fushimi yuki, Tokiwa gozen, Otowaka, Ushiwaka, Imawaka
Chikanobu, Yoshu
Date Created and/or Issued
circa 1884
Publication Information
Kobayashi Tetsujiro
Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery, Scripps College
Contributing Institution
Claremont Colleges Library
Chikanobu and Yoshitoshi Woodblock Prints
Rights Information
The contents of this item, including all images and text, are for personal, educational, and non-commercial use only. The contents of this item may not be reproduced in any form without the express permission of Scripps College. Any form of image reproduction, transmission, display, or storage in any retrieval system is prohibited without the written consent of Scripps College and other copyright holders. Scripps College retains all rights, including copyright, in data, images, documentation, text and other information contained in these files. For permissions, please contact: Scripps College, Ruth Chandler Williamson Gallery Attn: Rights and Reproductions, 1030 Columbia Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711
Lady Tokiwa was a Japanese noblewoman of the late Heian period. A concubine or wife to Minamoto no Yoshitomo, she bore him three sons, one of whom became the great samurai general Minamoto no Yoshitsune. After Yoshitomo's death in 1160, she fled with her children in the depth of winter, pursued by Taira soldiers, to to Uta. She carries a snow-covered, wide-brimmed peasant hat as she flees through the falling snow, her wind-blown hair fluttering around her face as she tucks her baby in the folds of her robes, her other two boys at her side.The boys wear red kimono and green hakama with tall sandals on their feet, and carry swords as befits their status as the sons of a samurai. One boy blows on his hands to warm them against the cold, and the other holds the brim of his wide hat against the wind. A stream flows behind them, and a snow-covered pine frames the image to the left. In the top left is an image of a samurai holding an umbrella, and on the right calligraphy.
Group portrait
Children (people by age group)
Men (male humans)
Time Period
Meiji (Japan, 1869-1912)
Japan;Woodcuts;Ink on Paper;13 13/16 x 9 5/16 in.;93.6.65
Chikanobu and Yoshitoshi Woodblock Prints

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