Wu Yun, also called Wu Zixu (in Japanese, Go Shinsho), was the son of the prime minister of the state of Chu in ancient China. When the king of Chu murdered his father and brother, Wu Zixu was forced to flee to the neighboring state of Wu. W hen he led a campaign back to Chu, he was ferried across the river by a fisherman. While the title suggests that this story is the subject of this print, scholars recognize a second possibility: The story of Jiang Ziya. Emperor Shi Bei found Jiang Ziya on the bank of the river fishing with a strait nail on a pole with no bait. When asked why, he explained that he was more focused of philosophizing than catching fish, yet the fish came to his nail anyhow. The emperor took the man as his counselor and he served the emperor admirably for twenty years.