The moon is Earth’s only natural satellite which shines on the night because its surface reflects light from the sun. Before 1873, lunisolar calendars, which indicates both the moon phases and the time of the solar year, were used in Japan for many centuries. Moon viewing permeated the daily lives of the Japanese and variety of names have been given to the moon that describe its phases. The beautiful and mysterious light shining at quiet night inspired people to create paintings, compose poems and write tales.
This exhibition brings together the moon in art including 33 works from the series of ukiyo-e woodblock prints “One Hundred Aspects of the Moon” by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi, along with the tales of the moon.