Each spring, cherry trees were planted along the main avenue of the Yoshiwara, Edo’s licensed pleasure district. Like the delicate cherry blossoms, a courtesan’s beauty was fleeting, thus the two beauties were poetically paired. In this print, Yoshitoshi depicts a courtesan out on a moonlit stroll with her small kamuro (child apprentice). High atop her lacquered geta (wooden sandals), the courtesan gazes at the young girl who has stopped to watch the petals fall in the lamplight. The height of her sandals denotes her high social status, and the pale petals blend with the pattern of her outer kimono. Yoshitoshi uses the word kuruwa in the title of this print. While it originally referred to an enclosed area of a castle, it came to mean an enclosed pleasure quarter such as the famous Yoshiwara, Edo’s legalized prostitution district. Though the pale blooms of the cherry blossoms signaled a busy time for the district, Yoshitoshi forgoes a scene of an elaborate promenade for a quiet, private moment.