Mt. Inaba, near present-day Gifu City, was formerly home to the castle that controlled Mino province. During the civil wars at the end of the 16th century, the castle passed from hand to hand before it was finally destroyed, leaving no more than a picturesque ruin. Yoshitoshi recalls the castle in its former glory. A soldier is seen scaling the mountain in the moonlight, probably for a surprise attack on the castle. In an unusual composition, a strikingly large moon hangs low beneath the soldier as he digs his fingers into the mountainside, pulling himself up. In this print, Yoshitoshi focuses on the emotional world of an individual warrior in the moments before battle, rather than the action and violence that will soon follow.