The poet Fujiwara Kinto (966-1041) was an accomplished member of the Heian court. He compiled Wakan Roeishu, a popular collection of Chinese and Japanese poetry, and drew up the list of 36 Immortal Poets of Japan. In this print, Yoshitoshi illustrates a poem by Kinto, a peaceful nature scene characteristic to his poetic style: “By the light of the moon / On a whitely shining night/ I part the snowdrifts/ And break off plum blossoms.” Kinto stands in the fresh fallen snow in the courtyard of the Imperial palace. The flowers that inspired his verse catch the moonlight on their delicate petals. The direct contrast of Kinto’s heavy black robes and the crisp white of the snow creates an intense sense of drama in this hushed ode to nature.