Maeda no Munehisa (also known as Maeda Gen’i) was a talented poet of the 16th-century. He entered into priesthood in his youth before becoming a retainer of the powerful warlord Oda Nobunaga. When Nobunaga fell to Akechi Mitsuhide, Gen’i guarded the life of Nobunaga’s son. He was rewarded for his loyalty with a political position. After Nobunaga’s death in 1582, he went on to serve as a close counselor of Toyotomi Hideyoshi. Yoshitoshi portrays Gen’i in his priestly robes, composing a poem at a low lacquer and gold table. Overwhelmed by the beauty of the moonlight, his poem reads: “Usually I dislike a cloudy sky/ tonight I realize that a cloudy sky/ makes me appreciate the light of the moon.” As a golden silhouette glows through the blinds, Yoshitoshi captures the moonlight on the overprinted branches outside.