In 1333, Nitta Yoshisada planned to attack the Hojo army at Kamakura. However, as his army approached the castle, he found that it was strongly defended on land and that the sea entrance was too rough to cross. That night, he prayed to the gods of the sea, throwing his sword into the water as an offering. When morning came, the tide receded so far that Yoshisada’s army could march across the sand and defeat the enemy. Presenting Yoshisada in the early morning light, Yoshitoshi takes great care in each detail of the general’s armor. Oversized dragonflies adorn his underlayer, while a dragon curls across his ornate breastplate. The hero raises his sword as an offering; head bowed in sincerity.