Though at the heart of Edo’s floating world, the Yoshiwara was not exempt from the strict, hierarchical nature of Edo period society. Its inhabitants ranged from elegant, highly trained courtesans to the lowest class of prostitutes known as tsujigimi, or “mistress of the street corner.” These women wandered about carrying their straw bedrolls, ready to transact business at any time. The poem in the cartouche by Hitotose Oshun describes how the heavy make-up of tsujigimi caught the moonlight. It reads: “Like reflections in the rice paddies/ the faces of tsujigimi in the darkness/ are exposed by the autumn moonlight.” Yoshitoshi depicts a stunning tsujigimi with appropriate eroticism, from the glimpse of her red undergarment to the headscarf grasped gingerly between her teeth. Above, the moon glows through the dark clouds, an effect that required several blocks to achieve.