The name Takao was used successively by eleven different courtesans in the Yoshiwara, the famous pleasure district of Edo. Each of them was not only beautiful, but also well-versed in the arts of music and poetry. Yoshitoshi depicts the sixth courtesan, known for her literary talents. The haiku in the cartouche describes her longing for her lover: “By now you must be/ somewhere near Komagata/ A nightingale is singing.” Yoshitoshi dresses the beauty in the elegant fashion of the late 17th century, alluding to a golden age when courtesans were valued for both their talents and beauty. He also includes a set of linked verses rife with subtle eroticism.