In one of his last triptychs, Kuniyoshi returns to a familiar legend: Raiko and the Earth Spider. While his c.1842 triptych presents a veritable army of diverse demons, here Kuniyoshi turns his focus to Raiko’s retainers. Immersed in a game of go, these legendary samurai fend off the demons that encroach from the darkness – pulling back the lip of terrifying waitress or restraining a ghastly head on an endless neck. Throughout his life, Kuniyoshi presents fantastic creatures and specters of astounding size, but in this work, the human heroes become larger than life. This scale invites an appreciation of detail, such the retainers’ eyelashes or the tactility of the cord wrapped around their hair. The open corner at the go table invites the viewer to place themselves within the ghoulish scene.