Children Playing in the Snow under Plum Trees in Bloom (Secchū baisō gunji yūgi zu)

Artist: Yōshū (Hashimoto) Chikanobu (Japanese, 1838–1912)

Period: Meiji period (1868–1912)

Date: November 1887

Culture: Japan

Medium: Triptych of polychrome woodblock prints; ink and color on paper

Dimensions: Image: 14 x 28 3/4 in. (35.6 x 73 cm)

Classification: Prints

Credit Line: Gift of Lincoln Kirstein, 1959

Accession Number: JP3341


The prince encourages his playmates to enjoy rough-and-tumble outdoor winter sports, but he stands aloof on his front porch, not quite one of the boys. Even his costume sets him apart; it is a miniature replica of the military uniform worn by his father, who sits in the parlor. It is known that Prince Haru (the future Taishō Emperor) was unfortunately plagued with illness.