In the late Nara period (710-794), Sakanoue no Tamuramaro, known as General Tamura, was sent by the emperor to defeat the native people in the Seizaka Mountains. Following a successful campaign, he founded the famous Kiyomizu Temple in Kyoto. He died in 811 and was deified as the Shinto god Tamura Myojin. In the noh play Tamura, a traveling priest arrives at Kiyomizu Temple on a moonlit spring night. The ghost of Tamuramaro appears to him twice: first under a blossoming cherry tree as a boy sweeping fallen petals, and again, as the brave general. Yoshitoshi portrays both ghostly encounters at once: Tamuramaro stands with a broom beneath the cherry blossoms, but wears the armor of a general. The grey mask evokes those worn on the noh stage, strengthening the print’s allusion to the play. Barely lit by a cloud-shrouded moon, the familiar shape of Kiyomizu Temple can be discerned from the shadows.