In this portrait, the courtesan Usumizu appears slightly undone. As she pulls the neck of her under kimono across her chest, fine wisps of hair can be found at the nape of her neck, her temple, and her left ear. Unlike the taut coiffures found in many okubi-e, Usumizu’s hair loosely rolls over her many hairpins in gentle waves. Utamaro pays such special care to her hair such that each strand seems tangible. She raises her eyebrows, her mouth slightly open, perhaps portrayed in a moment of surprise. The Yoshiwara captivated Utamaro throughout his career. In fact, his prints show such an intimate acquaintance with the women of the pleasure quarters that he was called a “sensualist” by late 19th century Western critics.