The God of Happiness

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Yoshitoshi (1839-1892)

The researcher John Stevenson wrote: “Yoshitoshi's courage, vision and force of character gave [the] Ukiyo-e [style] another generation of life, and illuminated it with one last burst of glory.”

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• Hotei was the god of happiness and good gortune, one of the part-Buddhist, part-Daoist Seven Lucky Gods in whose company he is often illustrated. The print is entitled the Moon of Enlightenment. The sight of the moon suddenly appearing from behind the clouds has served as a form of satori for Hotei, as it can for us. Hotei delighted in everything: Here, he points in rapture at that wonderful phenomenon, the moon. Child-like, he represents a joyful freedom from the conventions of the world.