The 10th-century noble Semimaru, a blind flutist recognized as a musical luminary, played a beautiful tune that no one could imitate. As he grew old, he regretted that he had no student to whom he could pass on his secret techniques. Hearing this lament, the courtier Minamoto no Hiromasa (aka Hakuga Sanmi), begged Semimaru to take him on as a pupil. The musician agreed, and in time Hiromasa learned to play as well as his teacher. Yoshitoshi presents the young musician playing a duet in the moonlight at Suzaku Gate, the main entrance to Kyoto’s daidairi (great enclosure) that was home to the imperial palace and government. While Hiromasa can be identified by the chrysanthemum pattern and black courtier’s hat, the beard and fashion of the other musician suggests a foreign visitor.