From Ukiyo-e Project: "Kidomaru was a legendary Japanese sorcerer with supernatural strength and the ability to control snakes. His stories originated during the Kamakura period and have been the subject of many ukiyo-e since. Here, Bowie is depicted as Kidomaru, juxtaposing Bowie's mystic charisma that puts any audience under his spell with Kidomaru's extraordinary power and wizardry. The white kimono echoes the white background of Aladdin Sane, from which the illustrator Masumi Ishikawa took inspiration for the composition of this ukiyo-e. The black gradation in the background is a reference to nightfall, which is when Kidomaru's stories are usually set" (Credits: Photo Duffy, Duffy Archive & The David Bowie Archive, Ukiyo-e Project).