The ghost of the traitor Sasaki no Kiyotaka haunted the imperial palace at Yoshino. He terrorized the courtiers until the lady-in-waiting Iga no Tsubone faced the ghost and convinced him to depart. In this design, Yoshitoshi evokes the sense of fear that gripped the court as the ghost curls its clawed fingers around the cartouche, staring madly at the visitor through golden eyes. Tsubone stands tall and unafraid, her long hair flowing down her back as autumn leaves fall around her. A strong, fearless woman, she provides a serenity to the scene, a voice of reason to counter the ghost’s leering grin. The moon appears to be in eclipse, adding to the eerie atmosphere of the scene.