This print is part of Yoshitoshi's famous series "100 Aspects of the Moon" which depicts scenes from traditional Chinese and Japanese history and lore. Semimaru, the blind musician who lived in the 10th century, was a poet of noble birth. He retired to live alone on Mount Ausaka after serving in the Imperial Court. His life later was later depicted in a Noh play.


  • Title: Tsuki no Yotsu no O (The Moon's Four Strings)
  • Creator: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
  • Date: 1891-08
  • Physical Location: Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park
  • Provenance: The prints in this series were given to Elizabeth Billings as a gift by Sho Nemoto.
  • Contributor: Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, National Park Service
  • Catalog Number: MABI 9289aa

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