In Japanese art and literature, the full moon is traditionally considered particularly beautiful when reflected in water. In this print, Yoshitoshi presents the famous 18th-century haiku poet, calligrapher, and painter Chiyo in an elaborate kimono. Beneath the ripe persimmons and skeletal pampas grass, she glances down towards the broken bucket that just slipped from her grasp. The poem in the cartouche reads: “The bottom of the bucket/ which Lady Chiyo filled has fallen out/ the moon has no home in the water.” These anonymous lines describe Chiyo’s plight: the broken bucket will not hold water, much less, contain the moon. Instead, the autumn moonlight flows freely, diffusing across wet ground.