Itsukushima moon (Itsukushima no tsuki)

Itsukushima moon (Itsukushima no tsuki)

A courtesan from the port town of Muro on the Seto Inland Sea drifts past the base of a huge torii, or sacred gate, off the shore of the Shinto shrine at Itsukushima island . She is partly hidden behind her oversized traveling hat, and the musical instrument at her feet  may indicate that she has been involved in the yearly Kangensai festival of wind and string instruments. (February 1886)

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