Famous for his love of plum blossoms, Sugawara no Michizane was a poet and statesman of 9th-century Japan. Yoshitoshi depicts Michizane as a young courtier composing a poem inspired by his favorite flower. The tree curls around him, its pale buds glowing from painterly branches. The poem reads: “The moon glimmers like bright snow/ and plum blossoms appear like reflected stars/ ah! The golden mirror of the moon passes overhead/ as fragrance from the jade chamber fills the garden.” Unlike the loose flowing script found throughout many of the cartouches in One Hundred Views of the Moon, Yoshitoshi fills this cartouche with square formal characters, as Michizane wrote his poetry in Chinese.