Sakata Kintoki, known as Kintaro (Golden Boy) as a child, was a famous Japanese folk hero. After the boy’s father abandoned him in Ashigara Moutains. Yamauba, the “Mountain Woman,” raised Kintoki within the forest. Recognized by his bright red skin and incredible strength, the boy would grow up to defeat the Shuten-doji at Mount Oe before becoming a loyal retainer of Minamoto no Yorimitsu. In this print, Yoshitoshi depicts a scene from Kintoki’s boyhood. Crouched in concentration, he officiates a wrestling match between a hare and a monkey on a moonlit night. A persimmon branch rests between Kintoki and his animal playmates, perhaps an allusion the mischievous monkey who stole the fruits of immortality.