Murasaki Shikibu authored The Tale of Genji (Genji Monogatari) at beginning of the 11th century. The drama follows the romantic adventures of the irresistibly handsome Prince Genji. In this print, Yoshitoshi portrays the most mysterious of Genji’s lovers. The story tells that Genji fell in love with her at the sight of her handwriting. Persist as he might, the beauty would not reveal her true identity, so he called her Yugao (evening face), after the morning-glory-like flowers that grew around her dilapidated house. One night, she finally agreed to accompany Genji to one of his lavish villas. Once they consummated their love, Yugao died very suddenly, killed by a jealous spirit of a former mistress. Yoshitoshi portrays her as a wistful ghost, delicate and pale as the flower of her namesake.