In this design, Hokusai conveys this 11th century Japanese poet’s adamant spirit as she refuses the intentions of a suitor. Her poem alludes to a Chinese tale in which a lord’s retainers trick the roosters into crowing in order to open a gate. The poem reads: Although, still wrapped in night/ the cock's false cry/ some may deceive,/ never will the Barrier/ of Meeting Hill let you pass. (trans. Joshua S. Mostow). As Sei Shonagon assures her suitor that she will not fall for such trickery, Hokusai portrays the Chinese retainers before an insurmountable barrier. With a rooster poised in the lower right, Hokusai assures the viewer that the bird will not be tricked to crow this time – the gate to Sei Shongaon’s heart will remain closed. Other impressions of this print can be found in institutions such as the British Museum, Honolulu Museum of Art, Tokyo National Museum, Harvard Art Museums, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.