This print illustrates a well-known haiku by the poet Enomoto Kikaku (1661-1707), a pupil of Basho. The poem reads, “Full moon/ on the tatami mats/ shadows of the pine branches.” As delicate needles splay their shadows from the bottom right corner, a courtesan reclines on the tatami (rush-mats). Her pale skin glows in the light of the autumn moon as her two under-kimono and sash drape from her body, beautifully undone. Despite the brothel setting, Yoshitoshi’s image is free of customers or hints of male presence. Instead, he offers a behind-the-scenes peek into life within the Yoshiwara, Edo’s legalized prostitution district. Some scholars suggest that this work is an ode to the great ukiyo-e artist Kitagawa Utamaro (c. 1753-1806), who built his career on intimate glimpses into the the lives of courtesans.