“Shinkan no Tsuki – Taira no Tomoume”, the title of this Ukiyo-e print, reveals that Tomoume of the Taira clan can fight, even though he is blind. He uses his inner senses to parry a blow from behind during a fight. Perhaps he is the inspiration for the Zatoichi stories?
The emblem on his back is a poem, which says,
I have wandered lost
On to a darker path,
The moon of my heart
Is becoming clouded.
The print is from the famous series “One Hundred Aspects of the Moon”.
Please note the original archival image we are reproducing is very old, so there is a “vintage” appearance to this print – some tearing has happened down the left-hand side and the bottom. We could fix it, but we preferred to keep it! In any case, the quality of the print itself is still very high.
Artist: Tsukioka Yoshitoshi
Original Type: Ukiyo-e woodcut
Poster: A4 to A1 sizing, gloss or matte finish