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Kaguya –– the daughter of the moon – is the oldest fairy tale
in Japan, written down around 900. Princess Kaguya is raised as a tiny
foundling by a bamboo collector and grows up with him into a radiant
beauty. Five noble suitors compete for her, but all fail because of the
superhuman task Kaguya sets for each of them. Even the emperor cannot
win her over. In the end, Kaguya returns as a supernatural being to the
palace of the moon, her home from which she came to earth.
(1760 – 1849) was a Japanese painter
and one of the most important representatives of the ukiyo-e genre
("pictures of the flowing world", they depicted the world in its
transient beauty with scenes ranging from courtesans to actor
portraits). His most famous works are the woodblock prints of the
series "36 Views of Mount Fuji". "The Great Wave off Kanagawa", a
picture from this cycle, is probably the most famous Japanese artwork
in the world.