Based on the events of the 18th-century Ako incident, the kabuki drama Kanadehon Chushingura presents the story of the 47 loyal retainers who gave their own lives to avenge their master’s death. The youngest of the 47 was Oishi Chikara, called Rikiya in the play. In Act VII, Rikiya must deliver a secret letter to his father Yuranosuke, the leader of the vendetta plot. Yuranosuke waits in a teahouse in the Gion area of Kyoto, feigning the life of a drunkard so that the villain, Moronao, will not suspect danger until it is too late. As Rikiya cannot openly deliver the message, he stands outside the teahouse, holding the letterbox, and softly raps on the gate with the hilt of his sword. In this print, Rikiya looks over his shoulder, his knit eyebrows revealing the sense of danger and anxiety that such a plot creates.