Minamoto no Yorimasa was a 12th-century warrior and accomplished poet. The Tale of Heike recounts his defeat of the nue, a monster with the body of a badger, the face of a monkey, the paws of a tiger, and a tail tipped with a snake’s head. In gratitude, the emperor presented the warrior with a famous sword. As a court official descended the palace steps to present Yorimasa with his reward, a cuckoo called. Inspired, the official recited half of a poem: “Does the cuckoo also/ announce its name from above the clouds.” Yorimasa knelt, looked up at the crescent moon, and humbly responded: “I only bent my bow/ and the arrow shot itself.” Yoshitoshi captures this poetic moment. Face upturned to the night sky, Yorimasa kneels at the palace steps and holds out his arm to receive the sword.