The poet Fujiwara no Kinto (966-1041) was an accomplished member of the Heian court. He compiled Wakan Roeishu, a popular collection of Chinese and Japanese poetry, as well as the famous anthology 36 Immortal Poets of Japan. In this print, Yoshitoshi illustrates a poem by Kinto, a peaceful nature scene characteristic of his poetic style: “In the midst of glimmering whiteness/ among the night’s moon shadows/ I part the snow and pluck plum blossoms.” Kinto stands in the freshly fallen snow in the courtyard of the imperial palace. The flowers that inspired his verse catch the moonlight on their delicate petals. The direct contrast of Kinto’s heavy black robes and the crisp white of the snow creates an intense sense of drama within this hushed ode to winter’s beauty.