The name Takao was used successively by eleven different courtesans in the Yoshiwara, the famous pleasure district of Edo. Each of them was not only beautiful, but also well-versed in the arts of music and poetry. Yoshitoshi depicts the sixth Takao, known for her literary talents. In the haiku inscribed in the cartouche she describes her longing for her lover: “By now you must be near Komagata/ a cuckoo calls.” Yoshitoshi dresses the beauty in the fashion of the late 17th century, alluding to a golden age when courtesans were valued for both their talents and their beauty. Within the composition, he includes a set of linked verses rife with subtle eroticism. Verses such as these would be exchanged in a witty game between courtesans and their customers.