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Object: Fujiwara no Yoshitaka 藤原義孝
Series: Hyakunin isshu uba ga etoki 百人一首姥がゑとき (One Hundred Poems by One Hundred Poets, Explained by the Nurse)
Colour woodblock print. Guests relaxing after a bath at a seaside hot spring. Poem by Fujiwara no Yoshitaka. 1 of 2 impressions in the collection.
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Height: 24 centimetres
Width: 35.60 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Clark 2017
Poem 50: Kimi ga tame / oshikarazarishi / inochi sae / nagaku mogana to / omoinuru kana (Even the life that / I’d not have been sorry to lose / just to meet you once, / now, having met, I think: / ‘I want it to last forever!’ Trans. Joshua Mostow.) Yoshitaka’s poem is a ‘morning-after’ (kinuginu) verse, sent to a woman after a man has spent the night with her for the first time. The poem implies a night of heat, languor and rejuvenation, like the feeling after a soak in a hot bath – or so the practical ‘nurse’ of the series title might have explained sexual passion to one of her young charges. Hokusai conveyed the mood with a view of men and women relaxing on a veranda, dressed in loosely tied robes, and taking in the sight of quiet, open water. Seen from behind and at a distance, they retain a sense of privacy, of being left content with their own thoughts.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2017 6 Oct - 19 Nov, Osaka, Abeno Harukas Art Museum
2022 16 Apr-12 Jun, Tokyo, Suntory Museum of Art, Hokusai from the British Museum
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