76. Shinobugaoka moon (Shinobugaoka no tsuki)

Printed in 1889. A young samurai, Gyokuensai, pays a nightly visit to Shinobugaoka (now Ueno park in Tokyo) during the cherry blossom viewing season. He raises his sleeve as if to shield himself when a sudden gust of cold wind catches the cherry blossom petals, and sways the hanging kimono. One wonders about the apparent anxiety of Gyokuensai. It reminds us of of a contemporary poem by A.Henslo

A sudden whirlwind
shatters the cherry blossoms
It touches my soul