Asahina Saburo is a legendary hero known for his immense strength and spectacular swimming ability. In this print, Kuniyoshi captures one of Asahina’s most famous exploits. At the turn of the 13th century, the shogun Minamoto no Yoriie took a tour of the seaside of Kotsubo, where he encountered Asahina. Aware of Asahina’s remarkable abilities, Minamoto no Yoriie requested that the hero show off his swimming ability. Though the hero impressed onlookers with his speed and endurance, he wowed the crowd as he wrestled with crocodile sharks amidst the waves. Asahina pulls the crocodile sharks from the water, prying open its powerful jaws with his bare hands. As the second crocodile shark lurches towards the hero, Kuniyoshi juxtaposes the whitecapped surf in the foreground with a placid distant landscape.