A famous musician and warrior of the Heian Period (794-1185), Minamoto no Yoshimitsu studied the sho, a mouth organ made of bamboo. His teacher Toyohara Tokimoto shared all his musical secrets with his student, but died before he could pass them on to his own son Tokiaki. When Yoshimitsu left for battle against the Kiyowara family in 1087, he noticed that Tokiaki was following him. Yoshimitsu urged Tokiaki to return home, but the young man refused. Finally, Yoshimitsu realized that Tokiaki wanted to learn his father’s musical secrets. The pair stopped at Mount Ashigara and Yoshimitsu taught Tokiaki the songs of his father. Satisfied, Tokiaki returned home. In this print, Yoshimitsu holds his precious instrument to his lips as a tree trunk cuts a dramatic diagonal through the composition.