Yoshitoshi Tsukioka

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Yoshitoshi Tsukioka

Tsukioka=(月岡) family name, Yoshitoshi=(芳年) first name, (1839-1892)


An ukiyo-e artist of the Utagawa school. Active from late Edo to early Meiji periods. His work, “Picture of the Lonely House on Adachi Moor in Oshū” has influenced artists such as Seiu Ito.

Alternate Name(s)

月岡芳年(Japanese), Taiso Yoshitoshi, Ikkaisai Yoshitoshi


1839: Yoshitoshi is born on April 17th.

1850: Introduced to the ukiyo-e artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi.

1866: The series “Twenty-Eight Famous Murders with Verse” meets with great success. Art by Yoshitoshi and Ochiai Yoshiiku (both students of Kuniyoshi).

1875: Yoshitoshi is responsible for the color art in “Yūbin Hōchi Shinbun,” one of the early “full-color nespapers.” [1]

1879: Yoshitoshi creates several illustrations for “Kabuki News.”

1885: Publishes the diptych “Picture of the Lonely House on Adachi Moor in Ōshū.” The image is temporarily banned by the Meiji government because of its sadism. [2]

1886: On October 12th, Begins serializing Nishiki-e Shunbun’s “Modern Personalities Magazine” in a supplement of Yamato News.

1892: Yoshitoshi passes away on June 9th.

2012: The Ota Memorial Museum of Art holds a Yoshitoshi exhibition titled “Tsukioka Yoshitoshi: Commemorating 120 Years Since His Death.” The exhibition runs from October 2nd to November 25th.

Interesting Point(s)

  • Yoshitoshi’s father was a low-ranking official in the Shogunate government. [3]
  • Yoshiyoshi’s pupils included Toshikata Mizuno, both of whom taught Kiyokata Kaburagi, who taught Shinsui Ito.
  • He has been called such things as “insane artist” and “bloody Yoshitoshi.”
  • Seiu Ito referenced “Lonely House on Adachi Moor” for a suspension photo he took of his wife.
  • Akutagawa Ryūnosuke, Tanizaki Jun’ichirō, Mishima Yukio, Edogawa Ranpo and Yokō Tadanori admired Yoshitoshi’s work.
  • Seiu Ito covers Yoshitoshi in his August 1953 Kitan Club Article “Talking About Those Times #3 - Bondage Images of the Meji Period.”

Selected Works

  • Twenty-Eight Famous Murders with Verse (1866)
  • Selection of One Hundred Warriors (1868)
  • Moral Lessons Through Pictures of Good and Evil (1880)
  • Picture of the Lonely House on Adachi Moor in Oshū (1885)
  • One Hundred Aspects of the Moon (1885-92)


  1. Chiba City Museum of Art. Full-Color Newspapers of the Meiji-era Westernization Movement. Tokyo: Kokushokankokai, 2008. Print.
  2. Stevenson, John. Yoshitoshi’s Strange Tales. Amsterdam: Hotei Publishing, 2005. Print.
  3. Ito, Seiu. “Talking About Those Times #3 - Bondage Images of the Meji Period.” Kitan Club Aug. 1953. Print.


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