Heron maiden (1889) – Tsukioka Yoshitoshi


“Heron maiden” (1889), Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (1839-1892)

Print from the series “New forms of thirty-six ghosts”

Once upon a time a young man rescued a wounded heron and nursed it back to health. Later, he met a beautiful young woman. The two fell in love and he married her. His wife was extremely skilled at crafting beautiful fabrics, but she asked her husband to never try to see her while she was weaving. However, one day the man broke the promise and he saw the very heron that he had saved, back on this snowy day. But it was already too late and the heron-woman had to leave him, back to her bird form she flew, far away…

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