Fujiwara no Moronaga was a 12th-century statesman known for his musical skills. Taira no Kiyomori banished Moronaga from the capital on two occasions: once to the island of Shikoku and once to Owari. Fortunately, his poetic sensibilities allowed him to enjoy views of the moon from such rustic locales. In this print, Yoshitoshi depicts an episode from his exile to Shikoku. Inspired by the natural beauty of Mount Miyaji, Moronaga is settled between the trees to play his biwa (lute). As the moon peeks under the auburn foliage, an anonymous woman hears Moronaga’s song as she crests the hill. Completely absorbed in his playing, he is unaware of his audience. Though he appears peaceful and composed, his unkempt hair reminds the viewer of his exile.