Yamanaka Shikanosuke Yukimori was a warrior famous for his great physical strength. He served as a general to the lord of Izumo province during the wars of the 16th century and died at the age of 34. Yukimori believed that the crescent moon or “three-day moon” was a powerful symbol of good luck and always wore a tatemono (helmet ornament) in its image. Yoshitoshi echoes the crescent shape with Yukimori’s kamayari, or “cross spear.” The warrior wears a stern expression, asserting an inner strength to match his fierce outward appearance. The gradation of the grey around the figure accentuates Yukimori’s physical presence on the page.