Artist: Utagawa Kunisada (歌川国貞) / Toyokuni III (三代豊国)

Print: The Third Month (Hanamizuki - 花見月) from the series The Twelve Months (Jūnika tsuki no uchi - 十二ヶ月のうち)

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Dates: created,1851
Dimensions: 10.0 in,15.0 in,Overall dimensions
Medium: color woodblock print

Signed: Toyokuni ga (豊国画)
Publisher: Minatoya Kohei (Marks 332 - seal 24-074)
Censor seals: Mera and Watanabe

Related links: Ukiyoe ni kiku ; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; National Diet Library;

Physical description:

In modern-day Japan, flower viewing (o-hanami) of blossoming cherry trees is generally in April, but can be late March through early May. During the Edo Period (1600-1868) month designation was much more fluid, with extra "intercalary" months added when necessary, much as the Western calendar adds "leap years" and has varying days in each of the 12 months.